Taking on too much

I started working at a “regular” job about 3 weeks ago after doing freelance work for 17 years. I have freelance work I’m still wrapping up. And I continue to run two web businesses. And I’ve given 3 talks on Organizational Zen in as many weeks. AND we held auditions this week for a musical I’m directing that includes a cast of 16 kids and 14 adults.

I’m not eating much or sleeping enough because I don’t have time. I’m in new environments with new routines. I’m meeting dozens of new people. And I’m learning new skills and testing old ones at work and at the theater.

I feel swamped and somewhat out of control like I can’t catch my breath. I missed a call last week – which I HATE. And I feel like I really, really just want to take a nap but I can’t because there’s too much to be done!

This weekend, I turned down two social invitations to spend time with myself and get my organizational house back in order. I refuse to be the crazy-maker in my life. And I have a personal “brand” to keep up!

So here’s my plan:

  1. Remind myself each morning to be patient with new learning. I love new learning and need to remember to enjoy every minute.
  2. Review plans for the day each evening and morning to feel on top of commitments I’ve made and to help keep my priorities straight.
  3. Eat and get more sleep! Oh, my gosh. I have to slow down a bit. I don’t want to mess with my health! I know that’s the biggest rock at the base of my foundation.
  4. Say “no” to any new commitments.
  5. Spend time each day in a quiet space. I’m used to working solo most of the time and need to still find quiet time to keep myself sane.
  6. Be grateful and joyous about the challenges.
  7. Ask for help.

When the Universe is unsettled, what can you do to stay calm and do your best work?

And now a moment of peaceful nature from a recent trip to Camden, Maine. Ahhh.

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2 thoughts on “Taking on too much

  1. This blog is a good reminder Janie,…well done! I hope you get some time for you and the rest you need to keep going! Is there anything I can do to help?


    • Oh, that’s so nice of you to offer. No, I just have to get used to a whole new routine. I’m loving every minute of it. I’m just feeling a little pulled and scattered. But that’s okay too 🙂


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