Busy or effective?

I’m busy.  I’m so busy doing stuff , that I have no time for the little things like playing with the kids, or taking time to relax or do something I really, really want to.  I’m time and energy poor and it’s starting to get on my nerves!  So I’m writing this letter to myself, and all the other people out there that have too much going on to do things that they really want to do.

Being busy is something that has been on my shoulders for a while now, and I’ve seen so much written about it and how having the mindset of “oh I can’t I’m too busy” gets in the road of so many good things in our lives.  But gosh- there really is only so much one person can do!

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I’d love to be able to do everything I see, and I know I am already reaching my limits- but the thing that plays in my mind is- if not me then who?  I’m a committee member of at least 6 organisations, I describe myself as working in various unpaid positions on what adds up as a part time basis, plus being a full time parent to the 3 kids (one at home full time), plus trying to be a supportive wife and keeping everyone clean and fed- I mean, what’s going to give!!?

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I watched a video by Rebel Back from The Rural Woman on Facebook this morning, and it resonated with me so much that I just had to write what I was thinking down.  Rebel asked, are you happy being so busy? If it fulfills and satisfies you then more power to you, but if it’s getting in the way of your greatness, of doing things that you want to do then you need to make room for some change.

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Last year I met Cathy McGowan (member for Indi) at the National Rural Women’s Coalition- Young Rural Women’s Muster (read about that here and here) and she said something that had been bouncing about my head for a while, she said

“Don’t be busy, be effective”

It made me realize, that maybe I was too caught up with being busy, and less concerned with creating change, achieving goals and actually getting things done.

So from now on that’s what I’m going to start doing.  Maybe I need to learn to say no, but that’s for another post I think, I don’t have any solutions for this at the moment, but it’s definitely something I will be working on!

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