It’s only the second day of December and I’m already overloaded with requests for my time, skills, money, and other resources. If I’m not careful about guarding my time, I will find myself overbooked and stressed out.
As I’ve been processing these requests, I remembered a blog post I wrote last year about what to do when you are overwhelmed by your responsibilities. I read over that post just the other day and realized I needed to take my own advice so I don’t take on any commitments I can’t handle.
I thought that some of you may benefit from this advice as the busyness of December hits home.
Note: Please remember the commitments I’m talking about are not your job or your roles as a parent or spouse. I’m speaking more about the roles we take on voluntarily.
Here are three things I do when I feel overwhelmed by commitments:
1. I first look at commitments I’ve already made. I decide which ones are in line with what I feel God has called me to do in my life.
2. Next, I determine the time frames for these current commitments. If there is a specific end date to fulfill the commitment, I try my best to make it through that time so I can complete my responsibility. If it is an activity that has no specific end time and is something that is not aligned with what I feel God has called me to do, then I eliminate it from my schedule.
3. Finally, when I’m asked to take on another commitment, I spend a lot of time in prayer and consideration so that I do not automatically take on something else that will distract me from God’s purposes for my life.
I’ve gotten pretty good at saying “no” to requests for my time. All I have to do is remember back to the times when I had too much on my calendar and the stress it caused in my life. That is a sure way to keep me from being overcommitted!
Leave a comment below and share what you do when you become overwhelmed by responsibilities.