No, You Can't Do It All
Here’s what I’ve come to realize is at the root of feeling overwhelmed with priorities.
Somewhere along the way something made it on the list that you really didn’t want there. In fact, you probably psyched yourself into believing it was important but deep down you knew it really wasn’t.
You secretly don’t want to do it all but at times you get suckered into thinking you should. You know you need to fall back, but instead follow the well-intentioned but not always applicable hype that says you should just “lean in.”
You feel guilty when you it’s hard to muster up motivation for certain activities and, as I discuss in “How to Overcome Procrastination by Embracing It,” you ignore the internal voice telling you to take it easy.
I can empathize. I too conform to external expectations about how to live my life. I also make misinformed decisions that aren’t aligned with my vision.
But the good news is this: when I take time to pause and reassess all what I have going on it’s fairly easy to identify the outliers.
With clarity of mind and a little bit of courage, it’s not hard to refocus and drop the stuff that has no business being on your plate in the first place.