“You can do anything – but not everything”
– David Allen
In a perfect world, we’d all be super men and super women – able to tackle and manage everything starting from our jobs, relationships, responsibilities down to setting aside some recreational time for ourselves. We dream of a world where we are able to “do it all” while looking fabulous all the while without appearing to have even made an effort.
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 attention, for a reaction, for a decision, for our 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 to try our best to juggle all our responsibilities long enough until our back’s completely against the wall. For the sake of keeping our sanity in tact, only then would we finally come to terms to the fact that something’s gotta give.
With more than a month since my last blog post – for me, this “something” was this blog. On one of my previous posts (Top 5 Reasons Why You Should be Blogging), I had expressed my adamant commitment of writing and sharing at least four posts every month. Since I was only able to get two posts done in June, it’s safe to say that I had failed miserably on that front.
Truth be told, it felt horrible not be able to keep my word but at the same time, I’ve come to realize that though following through is important, sometimes, it’s also as (if not more) crucial to be able to cut ourselves some slack on not being able to meet all the responsibilities and expectations we’ve set for ourselves.
As David Allen, a renowned productivity “guru”, suggested though there are no limitations as to what we are all capable to do, we can’t do them all simultaneously. His simple yet powerful quote above serves as a reminder that unless we don’t want to feel burnt out with life – the feeling of having overworked, overcommitted and/or overwhelmed, we must to remember to prioritize our commitments, responsibilities, tasks etc. 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 that need to be taken care of first can be the “lifeline” you need during days/weeks/months that are most hectic.
With that said, now that life has slowed down to a more comfortable speed, I’m beyond happy to be back writing and sharing my thoughts with you. Here’s to getting back on the blogging bandwagon! 🙂