How Much is on Your Plate?
I’ve noticed that sometimes my life seems to resemble a sitcom, in the aspect that a reoccurring theme continues to present itself. You know how on TV shows, each episode tends to have 1 theme, that all of the characters get to deal with in their own particular way? Sometimes in my life, I continue to get the same message from many different unrelated sources. When this happens I always stop to make notice, ok I am supposed to be getting this lesson this week.
This week I have heard the analogy about having too much on my plate in a few different forms. In case you are not familiar with this analogy, there is a concept of how many things you are trying to juggle in your life being compared to how much you are putting on your plate. I had someone tell me recently, if you feel like you have too much on your plate than just get a bigger plate. The whole idea is that it’s all about how you perceive your life. If you feel like you can’t handle everything you need to dothan you will just stress yourself out. If on the other hand, if you look at it from a different angle of how many things you are blessed to get to do, and are more grateful for those things, than you will expand what you are willing to take on. I spent a lot of time thinking about this but I couldn’t ever quite get this to apply to my life. Although, I love the concept behind it.
The thing I know about myself is I am not the type of person that works best under pressure. Some people love to put things off and wait until the stress level is so high that they become so empowered by the pressure to get things done. I am quite the opposite. If I get too many things going at once, or too much pressure I seem to shut down and become so overwhelmed I have to stop and breathe and figure out how to relieve some of the pressure.
Today I am taking my “me time” by watching old Oprah episodes I DVRd and I am watching the episode with Elizabeth Gilbert the author of Eat Pray Love. There was one sentence she said that really landed for me. “I am my best person when I have less on my plate.” Those were the exact words that I needed to hear. I’ve always known that I am the same way, but sometimes I’ve felt that it’s not okay to be that way. But truthfully all that matters is that you know yourself well enough to set your life up in a way that you can be most effective. I am most effective when I keep myself busy but not over committed. If I have too little or too many things to do, my life feels off balanced. Consequently I know how to make my personal and work schedule in a way that I am being the best me that I can be.
Are you more of a less on your plate kind of person or works best under pressure?January 20, 2008 in balance, Oprah