“You can do anything – but not everything”
– David Allen
In an ideal world, we would all be super men and super women, able to tackle and juggle everything from our jobs, relationships, and responsibilities while still have some time left for ourselves.
We dream of a life where we’re able to “do and have it all” while looking effortlessly fabulous.
Unfortunately, the reality is far from the ideal. In fact, at times it can feel as if we are running against time where with each day comes a new demand — for our attention, energy, and time.
I’m sure you too have had days where you felt that there are just so many hours in a day just to get the basic things done…let alone having some down time to catch your breath before we have to do it all over again.
Even so, we continue our best to juggle all our responsibilities long enough until our back’s completely against the wall.
When things get ‘bad’ enough, only then would we finally come to terms to the fact that something’s gotta give…
As David Allen, a renowned productivity “guru”, suggested while there are no limitations as to what we are all capable of doing, if we want to stay sane, we can’t (and shouldn’t) do them all simultaneously.
His simple yet powerful quote I shared above serves as a reminder that unless we want to feel burnt out – the feeling of having overworked, overcommitted and/or overwhelmed – we must only focus on our things that adds meaning and value to our lives rather than trying to do it all.
In my case, deciding to hit the “pause button” on this blog for a little while had allowed me to free up some time in order to attend to life’s more pressing matters.
With so much to do in so little time, hitting the breaks on one priority to make some time and effort for others can be the “lifeline” you need during days/weeks/months that are most hectic.
If you’re looking for more balance in your life, I highly suggest you to do the same.
Set aside some time to take a good hard look at all your tasks and responsibilities. Asses them mindfully and honestly. Then, prioritize those that add meaning and value to your life.
As for the remainder, you can further evaluate whether it’s worthwhile to put a (temporary) pin on it or to get rid of them completely.
Read more: Mastering the Art of Prioritization
Arianna Huffington, the founder of the Huffington Post & Thrive Global, has a saying that truly resonates with me. She said “You can complete a project by dropping it.”
Remember that there’s no sense in keeping a project or a responsibility on your plate if it no longer reflects your priorities or the values that you hold dear.
By dropping those that aren’t important, you’ll make more time for things (and people) that you truly care about and avoid being burnt out in the process.