Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Paring Back

You knew this was coming, right? How, my friends, did I think I was EVER going to manage everything I was trying to jam into my daily life? Ugh. I know most of you are out there thinking some version of, “we’ve all done it.” And it’s true. So here is what I am going to do about it…

But first  here is a [very quick, very simplified] sampling of “everything” that I've been trying to squeeze into my days:

  • Running a business
  • Being in a book club
  • Being in/managing a blog group
  • Working on a happiness project
  • Managing a monthly meet up for the women in my happiness project group
  • Volunteering and managing a team volunteer project at a local non-profit
  • Spending time with my family
  • Recharging by spending time with my friends
  • Exercising weekly

Folks I don’t think I have an “off” setting.  I do have this little voice in the back of my mind that says, “Kasey, this is too much,” but I ignore it. “It’s ok,” I tell myself, “I’m a hard worker, I’m organized, I’ve got this.”

But let’s be serious. When I’m sitting in bed trying to decide if I should read my book club book, gather the questions I need to send my mentor, or stick to my bedtime I’m paralyzed. I literally cannot make a choice about what I should be doing. Reading for book club sounds indulgent. So does bed time, because after all it’s not really productive, right? So I should focus on those questions. Except that I am really tired, and I know I’m not going to do my best work when I'm tired because all of the happiness studies I've read have said so. Then I realize going to sleep is not indulgent. And for that matter neither is reading my book club book…and by now 10 minutes have past and I'm just wasting time.

I have a terrible impulse to do everything RIGHT NOW or else I worry I’ll miss something. I mean really, perhaps I should join a book club after my business is off the ground.... Here’s the thing – if I try to do it all I won’t enjoy it. I won’t do things well. And it won’t have been worthwhile to do anything. 

So I'm scaling back and enjoying the things I have chosen to do right now.

There may only be three blog posts on here a week, but hey that means I will have more time for crochet projects and more pictures of finished work to share. Maybe I’ll even finish my desk and write a "how to" post about my process. Oh yeah and I’ll have time to reflect on how I’m feeling about all this happiness I’m bringing into my life. So perhaps, if I am really lucky, I’ll have some insights to share.

Has anyone else decided to scale things back recently? What are you cutting out? Will you add it back later like I plan to do?


  1. Kasey, I am right there with you. And I have most definitely scaled back on the blog the past couple of weeks. My plan is to truck through the next few weeks, squeeze in posts when I can, and slowly build-up a batch of pre-written posts. What I miss most is my daily blog-reading time! (Hence the reason I'm catching up on your blog during work- eek!)

    1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE blogging.And crocheting. And reading. I just can't do that stuff daily if I am doing a million other things. So I'm shifting my to do list around a bit. Trying things out and seeing what makes me happy. I'm certain I'll still be blogging quite often, but maybe a little less frequently while I figure things out.


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