Well, if you are looking for my quick answer to this, then it’s a no for me! I can’t be in two places at once, believe me I’ve tried! I’ve realized I can’t say yes to everyone, the no word is only just entering my vocabulary and trying to please everyone normally ends in disappointment.
However, by learning that I can’t please everyone and knowing what my priorities are (and keeping my focus on them), I can provide opportunities to make sure they happen. My priorities are probably no different to everyone else’s, for me, these are; my family, friends and to enjoyably make enough money for vacations and memory making adventures.
How should you split your time though, when life gets in the way? The best answer to this was in a book I read; The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha. I love how the author talks regarding our time:
“We all have 168 hours in a week. You have that, I have that, Warren Buffett has that. The richest man in the world can’t buy more time. When you split that time into three buckets of 56, you have 56 hours for sleep (8 hours a night), 56 hours for work (8 hours a day plus some evening/weekend time), and one big free 56 hour bucket leftover. The work bucket pays for and justifies your third, free, creative, fun bucket. Your going-to-the-gym bucket. Your taking-your-kids-to-the-zoo bucket. Your family-vacation bucket.”
Please don’t get me wrong, there are days when I don’t feel like I can focus on my priorities and my buckets are being filled with the unwanted, uninvited shouts from everyone else, anyone’s choices but my own are filling those bucket to the brim. However, on those special days (which are becoming more often), when I can keep my priorities in check, I feel like I can nearly do it all. I just have to remember my newly learned word … No!
“How did it get so late so soon?”
― Dr Seuss