How to Control a Full Plate

I have always loved having a full plate. I’ve always said I am never happy unless I have a million things going on at once. I love multi tasking and being a part of something. But lately, my plate runneth over…and I’ve recently realized that some things just have to give. Prioritize In October, I started a new job, which I absolutely love. It’s a great fit for me. My job entails me to do a lot of local traveling and I am always on the go. And I love it! Soon after, I accepted a Brand Ambassador job with KIND. It was a part time position and I thought it would be easy to fit into my schedule and a great, fun way to make some extra bucks. On top of that, this year I was on the Junior League of St. Petersburg’s board as Communications VP. This position entails overseeing our three communications committees. Eventually, I started to get burnt out. As much as I loved being busy every day and every night, I was longing for a simple night at home, where I could lounge on the couch with Maddie and watch some TV and just RELAX. I was also finding it difficult to make time for friends and my mom, both of which are really important to me. Something had to give. What was most important to me? What could I cut out? That’s when I decided that as much as I loved my new job with KIND, I just didn’t have the time for it. Having time for friends, family and myself was much more important to me. And as our League year comes to a close, for the first time in my League career, I have chosen not to take on a leadership role. I can still be involved without taking on a potentially overwhelming position. I’m on the Education and Training committee this upcoming year and I’m excited to see what the year will be like! With my time with KIND ending and Junior League taking a back seat, I can already feel the stress melting away. I’ve realized that part of being healthy and happy is to sometimes take a step back and evaluate what you’re involved in, how it’s effecting you and your life and adjust accordingly. I have also always been a “yes” person. As in it’s very hard for me to say no to things that I might not necessarily want to do or have time to do. I have tried to fill every minute of every day. And that’s not a good thing. I’m learning to prioritize within my life and say “no” to the things that can wait. Are you like me? Do you have trouble saying “no”? Do you fill your plate with too much?

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    1. lol I’m glad you can relate! Just read your post as well and yes it’s important for us to take a step back and think about what is most important. I definitely related to what you said about seeing friends and it’s like checking off something on a list. Terrible, but when you have so much going on that’s what happens!

  1. Nope. I think saying “no” is something I have mastered over the years because I prefer to focus on my own needs. All these opportunities are wonderful and open so many doors, but burning ourselves out only dig us into ruts that get us nowhere and work against what we are trying to achieve. Personal happiness is all that really matters. Do what strengthens you emotionally and you will feel so fulfilled.
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