Over scheduling Ourselves Is the Same as Overeating
"I'm too busy" = "I ate too much". In both cases, we are not honoring our truth - the truth of how much we can take in or digest - at once. One represents a lack of modesty with our time, the other a lack of modesty with our bodies. Modesty means: we recognize our boundaries and respect our limits.
In my practice, I create ceremony around honoring your 5 priorities. We all have the same number of hours in the day but our differing responsibilities require a constant realignment to the values that we hold high. Otherwise, in the effort to "have it all" or "do it all", we become held hostage to the notion that "there isn't enough time in the day". There is always time to do the most important thing.
If we have difficulty saying no to someone or something, why is that? Do we feel guilty? Are we more worried about what people think of us? What if saying no inspires others, bringing people closer to their truth?
By saying "yes" to something or someone that doesn't align to your priorities, what are you saying "no" to? More energy? Improved health? A better job? More time with our family?
Does it make us a “good person” when we put others first at our own expense? The example that I often use is taken from airline travel: Put your mask on before putting on someone else's. We can't help others if we can't help ourselves.
When we put our priorities first, we free ourselves to be the best version of ourselves for our loved ones, our careers, our health. We choose to offer ourselves and our worlds our very best, not the distracted, depleted, overworked, over scheduled, overweight version of us. We decide consciously to lead by example, demonstrating respect and love for ourselves and others, making the most of the time allotted to us on this planet, doing the most meaningful work.