I’m drowning….have you ever said that to yourself and wondered how you were going to get anything done that day? That week? If you are anything like me, maybe you’ve ended up having to cry “uncle” at the worst possible moment.
The worst though is not realizing when you need to cry “uncle.” Todays U.S. lifestyle seems to be running at 100+ mph and there are no cops around to pull you over and give you a ticket for speeding. Just like speeding, the rapid pace of life is intoxicating and exciting. “Oh! I’ve got to set up an account on Pinterest!” “The new iPad I got is awesome, where has this been my entire life?”
With our effort and attention going in a million different directions when do we stop doing good work? When everyone around you has their attention split in 100 different directions do any of us really know when we are overextended?
My guess is no. No one, except yourself, knows or understands when you need to slow down and re-charge. Your friends, your boss, your employee’s are never going to give you the proverbial speeding ticket or even a warning ticket to say you are going too fast. It’s not that people don’t care about you…the problem is they are going 100 mph too.
Don’t Wait For A Ticket
I’ve learned the hard way that your efforts are wasted when your attention is split in a million different directions. As difficult as it can be to cry “uncle” sometimes we just have to. Take a look at where you are putting in time and effort in your life. Are those activities helping you achieve long term goals? Or are they just distractions?