As I got to thinking about re-evaluating my priorities and schedule for the coming months, it occurred to me that most of us women try to wear too many hats. Oh, I know, that’s not always something we get to choose. I remember thinking when someone (a man, I’m pretty sure!) told me that I just need to do one thing at a time . . . to which I replied something like, “If I could only do one thing at a time, I’d still be living in 1978!” Because if I only did one thing at a time that’s how far back I’d be in terms of accomplishing anything. Life doesn’t happen “one thing at a time,” so we are quite obligated to process many different projects, ideas, expectations, requirements, responsibilities, and obligations simultaneously.
Like right now . . . I’m in the middle of writing a blog post about how I’m planning to refocus on doing fewer things and I have to figure out a couple of other things today, all within the next hour. That’s life for most of us. And after writing the previous blog post about how virtuous I am going to be and re-evaluate all of the things I’ve got going on, I decided to get serious about counting my hats and figuring out if I can send a few of them off to the thrift shop. Just in case anyone else needs a new hat or two.
As I write this blog post I’m determined to find time to sit down and make a list of all of the things that I am committed to right now, and then make a list of everything that I MUST do, and then make a list of the things that I believe God wants me to do . . . . and then start cutting around the edges. Not too much at first, because that might be too painful. But if you are anything at all like me, I actually like most of the things that I’ve committed myself to. But there is only so much of me to go around, so something has to be put on hold, at least for a little while.
My list is going to take a few days to finalize, but it needs to be done. How about you? How many hats are you wearing? Can you get rid of one or two of them? I’d love to hear how you manage all the hats you wear every day.
I’ll be back to work on my list – as soon as I finish a couple of other things that are calling my name!