I recently slipped back into some bad habits that held me captive for a bit. As we head into a season of food, fun, and festivities, it’s important to remember to take things in carefully, physically, and mentally.
Last month I had to put myself on a “yes” diet. No more filling my plate with saying yes to things that aren’t in alignment with what’s best for me, my family, or my lifestyle. I had a large helping of overcommitments on my plate and it weighed me down. I noticed I became reactive instead of proactive and I wasn’t enjoying the things I had said “yes” to. I decided to go on a diet and cut some things out of my life.
Maybe you’ve felt that too. This time of year can be exciting and stressful. Organizations, fundraisers, and activities have ramped up needing volunteers, donations, and commitments to hit their goals, help those in need, and serve on top of family commitments, and oh yeah, you probably have a job too.
Fortunately, I was able to make the pivot and you can too.
Here are 3 simple ways to stay energized when you feel the pressure of overcommitment creeping up.
• When did you commit to this and why?
• Choosing to say yes to something in the future because you think you have time later is a trap. There will always be something on your calendar begging for your attention.
• If you aren’t prepared to say yes as if it would begin tomorrow, then it’s a clear no. The things you’re passionate about will be a no-brainer to say yes to and you’ll want to do them right away.