I'm Just Too Busy!


Don't let yourself get burned out from saying, "yes" to everyone who asks you to do something for them. Take charge of your schedule and learn to say, "no."

"The last thing I wanted was one more thing to do."

Hey, Christy," Julie called from across the cafeteria. "Would you do me a big favor and hang up these posters about our group meeting?"

The last thing I wanted was one more thing to do. Yet, Julie was my friend and I didn't want to hurt her feelings. So I found myself giving her a half-hearted, "Uh, sure."

The next thing I knew, I was racing around campus with a stack of brightly colored posters and a roll of masking tape. Several minutes later, I slid into class, out of breath and trying to figure out when I'd have time to hang up the remaining posters.

Frantically, I stuffed the posters and tape under my desk, pulled out my notecards, and did a silent, last-minute run-through of the speech I was about to give. I also whispered a desperate prayer: "Lord, how much longer can I keep this up? You've gotta help get me out of this mess!"

And a mess is definitely what my schedule was. At the beginning of the semester, I thought I had everything under control. Sure, I was involved in a lot of stuff at school. Plus, I was active with church and community activities, not to mention a part-time job.

I loved being busy. But all those activities had finally caught up with me. That was obvious that Friday, when, after speech class, I found myself running to my next class and then rushing off to register for the next semester's classes and interview for a possible summer job.

Several hours later, my mind still whirring from the day's events, I stared at my calendar. The next few days looked just as hectic as this one had been. So, I made a decision. Before I could change my mind, I called a friend and canceled my weekend plans.

From that moment on, I promised myself I would learn to say "no" to a maxed-out schedule. So the next semester I cut down on the number of extracurricular activities I chose to be involved in. I also wasn't as quick to say "yes" to every single person who wanted me to do something for them. And while there are still times when I struggle with over-commitment, I'm doing a lot better these days. After all, when I'm totally burned out from exhaustion, I'm no good to anybody. Especially to myself.

Written by Christy Simon

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