Do you work full-time? Are you married? Do you have any children? And, chances are if you’re reading this, do you have a blog? Are you an entrepreneur? Do you participate in any hobbies or extra activities?
I was talking to a friend recently, and we were discussing the many roles that we have in our everyday lives. Sometimes I can be a great mom and have quality time with my son. Other days, I am working on this blog and doing great things with content and working with brands. Or, some days I really shine at my day job. However, more often than not, I find that I am not able to give every facet of my life my full attention at all times. That would just be impossible. We pick and choose what is a priority and where our energy goes.
Can we be truly great at everything? Or, is “good enough” going to have to do? In my mind, I do everything for that sweet baby boy up above. He is no longer a baby, but he will forever be a sweet babe in my heart. I work to pay for a better school for him, I take on extra projects to plan weekends away, and I find myself working so hard so that I can relax…later? That doesn’t seem to make any sense. I’m missing out on my kiddo’s moments that I’ll never be able to enjoy again.
Last year I attended a webinar about work-life fit. No, it was not about balancing work and life since a true balance can never really exist (Do you agree?). It was about finding ways to tweak your life and make it work for you. She used a metaphor in the presentation about having a lunch tray with its various spaces for food. Each week you can only fill your tray with five or so things that you can really focus on. Even if you have ten responsibilities or twenty projects, you can only fill your tray with five things.
I always use this example when I talk to friends, because I have come to find that it is really true. Something that is important to me is always left for next week or is forgotten about because there is no more room on my tray. I try to have family, work, my business, home (cleaning, cooking, etc.), and I feel like my commute should be on the tray. It takes up almost two hours of my time and can be very stressful.
There’s no room left for hobbies, exercise, weekend trips, writing, relaxation. I could re-arrange things in my daily life to squeeze in a morning walk, but it almost seems impossible. Every day I make the conscious decision to go to work, to write, to run errands, to tidy up, to relax on the couch. I just never feel like I’m going anywhere. I feel as if I’m doing all this rushing around with no progress or promise of a break.
So, this month, I’m going to focus on what matters. I’m taking care of myself and focusing on my digital skills. I’m finally getting those pesky wisdom teeth extracted. I’ve been to the dentist, the doctor, and the eye doctor. I gave up bread. I promise to drink more water. I’m going to take my son out of school for a day and do something together. We are going to have a mini family vacation at the end of the month, and a quick trip to Disney soon. I want to spend more time with my husband and focus on my family.As for my work, there are many new opportunities and some tough decisions I have to make. I stopped hosting link-ups. I’m going to create blog content that is relevant to my life, and I want to create collaborations with other women who have amazing drive. I want to continue to post recipes that are easy to make and share with family, cocktails that are best by the pool, and a slice of my Florida life.
It’s time to enjoy the sunshine and do what matters.
So, what do you think? Can you be truly great at several things? Or, can you really only focus on one thing?
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