I might be a bit overextended. Yes. Yes, I am. Fall was fine. I did not feel too busy at all. Right now, I am very much looking forward to summer. Considering that we really have the luxury of developing our own schedule, I take full responsibility. I should never have signed myself up for karate, violin, piano, theatre, co-op, and….
Oh wait, those aren’t my activities. Well, you get the idea. We’re busy. Too busy. How do you know you are too busy? Here are some of the signs:
- You have to wake your kids up at 5:30 to make a 7:00 a.m. dentist’s appointment because that is the only time you have available.
- You leave a bag by the door in which to stuff your children’s current schoolwork to do “on the run”.
- You have googled the ingredients in Ensure, the drink they give elderly patients who have stopped eating, to find out if it would be a suitable meal replacement for busy days. You also have a beer bong waiting in your Amazon cart with which to administer said Ensure.
- When your friends invite you out, they start with, “I know you probably can’t go but…”
- You have three outfits in rotation so that you don’t have to waste time deciding what to wear.
- You are considering cutting the hair you have been growing out for half a year because it takes 5 extra minutes a day to blow dry it.
- You time yourself putting on your underwear and bra and then evaluate whether or not you can continue to sacrifice that time daily.
- You don’t have time to discuss your favorite author with your mom, who has recently fallen in love with her too.
- The novel your 11 year old daughter is writing is longer than the one you are writing.
- You shove your vitamins into your pants pocket each morning to pop in your mouth when you have a spare moment.
- Grocery shopping online takes too long.
- You wonder about the ethics of reading an online synopsis of your book club book.
- You are excited to get dental work done because you might be able to fall asleep during it.
- Your husband asks you if you are planning to pull a Lisa Nowak because you have been googling astronaut diapers.
- You don’t really have time to cancel the activities for which you have no time.
- When you notice a free hour in your schedule, you scour your calendar to find the activity you surely recorded on the wrong day.
- You have a blog post forming in your head for six months before you finally have a chance to write it.
I think it might be time to eliminate some of our activities and appointments. How about you?