One of the things I'm doing at the beginning of this year is evaluating all the things I am involved in, the responsibilities I have, and setting up a strategy to accomplish those things.
And I'm trying to decide what I have to cut, and what new things I have room for in my schedule.
One of my downfalls is volunteering, particularly in the areas of leadership and organization. I have to be careful not to over commit. I'm learning to say no now. In the past, I felt if anyone asked, I had to say yes, especially if it was a good thing to do, like something church-related. Guilt is a powerful motivator.
And sometimes I have to take stock and change course, turn around. Cut loose from some responsibilities in order to take up others, or free nyself up from a schedule that is reaching critical mass. And not feel terrible about having to cull your commitments. I have to be realistic. There is only so much I can do and still do it well. I have to prioritize and thin the list until it is doable.
There are some things that can't be cut, culled, or cast off. Things like homeschooling, housekeeping, bookkeeping. Then there's church and writing and the zillion or so things that go along with all of those things. That's when it's time to put my plans into action and get things done.
And above all, I have to remember to yield. I need to be willing to yield my plans and projects to God. I need to be willing to yield my goals and desires, and especially my time-table, when the occasion calls for it. I need to remember to consult Him and be flexible.
How about you? Are you guilty of over-commitment? Do you have a plan for this new year to balance your obligations?