Monday, November 16, 2009

Overstretched, overbooked, and about to snap!

"Being too busy, which can seem necessary and unavoidable, can become a habit so entrenched that it leads you to postpone or cut short what really matters to you, making you a slave to a lifestyle you don’t like but can’t escape. You can be so busy that you don’t even take the time to decide what actually does matter most to you, let alone make the time to do it."

Does this sound familiar?

It's a quote from the book CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and about to Snap! by Dr. Edward Hallowell. I came across it in Martha Nichols' blog (which I recommend to you as an entertaining, humorous read).

The good doctor says it's not your fault that you got into this bind, well not entirely. It sorta snuck up on you over 5 or 10 years as you just went with the flow of getting a cell phone or a BlackBerry; enrolling your kids in soccer, hockey, violin, ballet; paying for a second car and a bigger house and braces for your daughter; keeping your lawn and garden looking good; volunteering for the charity fundraising drive your friend is heading up; taking on extra work your boss asks you to do because your company is reducing staff, and so on.

All this causes stress, sickness, accidents, errors, rudeness, and general unhappiness, he says.

So, what to do, short of dumping everything and sneaking off to a Caribbean island to live the Jimmy Buffet lifestyle?

You have to get control back, break your cellphone addiction, quiet your mind, learn how to say "No," and take a number of other actions to get back to your real priorities. Halliwell has free videos, or you can spring for the book.

No, I do not get royalties, nor have I read it, but I am going to.

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