Most of us have experienced at one time or another that moment where we say “I don’t have time for this”.
Yep, you guessed it, the organizer, the one who is supposed to be organized, and have it all together has said that. How else do you think we learn in life unless we go through it? Sure it would be nice if we could learn lessons the easy way; that would be to take wisdom from someone else who has been there and done that.
There have been moments in my life where I sat back and was thankful that I listened to my parents, but then there are those other moments. As an adult I can do it my way! Sounds like a defiant toddler who is sure to be disciplined, but adults don’t get disciplined in the same manner. We get to experience anxiety, confrontations, dropped balls, and all sorts of grown up consequences of our actions, but I regress.
Don’t you love being with someone who is so enthusiastic about what they are doing and impulsively you say “Sure, I’d love to help!”? Feel the emotion, imagine that person, let the smile come to your face, and let the rest of the memory roll. Oh snap…it was a disaster, but you survived.
Before you commit
to anything always say to the other person, let me check my calendar and I’ll get back with you. Also, even if you do think you have a few moments, keep in mind, life and unexpected things do come up. This will avoid the double and triple commitments and make for a much peaceful life.
If you are currently in this kind of situation, just breathe and politely say “I have plans” even if it is to sit on the sofa.
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Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Speaker, Author