Monday, September 1, 2008

An Important Lesson

Every month that goes by, I think to myself wow, this is a hoppin' month- next month, I'm sure, will slow down. And in my experience, I've learned- no, it does not. Between working a full time job, my church calling, visiting teaching, working out at the gym, playing softball/ other sports, taking extracurricular classes, filling cannery assignments, being a wife (cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping, couponing, spending time with Brant and keeping up with his schedule...every day I have to ask him if he's leaving on a trip and for how long. Not even to mention that I gave up a long time ago trying to remember which cities he goes to on each trip), being a loyal friend, getting up early enough to ride my bike to work, etc. etc. etc. life ...just... gets... CrAzIeR. Oh, a disclaimer that right now, Brant really does more of the cooking and cleaning than I do (plus does things as they come up randomly like going to the post office for me to drop off packages and taking my car to get tested so that I can renew the registration)... but still- I want to pull my weight too.

At work, we're big on making "Stop Doing Lists" for the things that we may find ourselves doing at work that have little or no effect on the bottom line goals for the company. The theory comes from our company book Good to Great. So this month, I'm going to focus on a stop doing list in my non-work related life. Such as limiting myself to one Enrichment activity a month instead of all enrichment activities (as the Enrichment Counselor, can you blame me for wanting to support our card club, social club, recipe club, book club, and every other activity every month?) As well as not signing up for too many things at once (company softball teams, relief society volleyball teams, etc.) And, as hard as it is to say no to people, I'm going to make an effort to do it.

Don't get me wrong- I love doing all these things a ton and am happy that I get to do them- so much that I end up over scheduling myself. But let's face it- if I don't slow down... my sanity is at risk!


TJ and Ayumi said...

Wilson. You are amazzzzing. It's great you are trying to slow down. I totally remember when we were roommates you were super stressed out with all of your bussiness classes! Don't be like that! You are so great trying to support everything though. You go girl!h

kristen said...

Ah, yes. The semester where I was taking my most demanding and time consuming senior level marketing classes, filling in as a student employee at the Housing office for someone who worked full time and was on maternity leave, being the RS president, preparing for and competing in 3 pageants trying to earn scholarship money, living in Rexburg in winter time with no car and walking to work and campus in the bitter cold, and trying to decide what to do with my life after graduation (forget about any kind of social life!).

Yes, that definitely was a hopping time. Thanks for all the support you gave me- I haven't forgotten all the times you stopped by the housing office to say hi and drop off a candy bar to brighten my day, or the notes you left me on my bedroom door of encouragement.

If I wasn't so close to graduating, I would have dropped out :) Thanks for putting up with me so well back then!

Mom said...

Learning to pass on good and worthy things is a hard, hard lesson to learn and actually do. The "20-year test" is a good one--"In 20 years, will it make a difference if I were here or not?" Sometimes the answer's yes, sometimes it's no; and either way it's still hard to follow through on. I'm proud of you for recognizing you have to do it to survive in one piece.