I don’t know about you, but I am very interested in where words and phrases come from. I remember being in a sophomore literature class in college and being fascinated by how many sayings came from either Shakespeare or the Bible. It's lots folks. In fact, I found a really cool site where you can take a quiz...Who said it? God or Shakespeare. http://hereswhatsleft.typepad.com/home/2004/11/who_said_it_god.html
At any rate, as I continue to complain to you about being buried, one of these idioms came to me in this form. “Kelly, you are BITING OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW.”
You are writing three blogs, newsletters, and terribly clever Facebook posts. You sit on your library board and are a VP of your mom of twins club. You are in a book club, and you try to read a book a week. And don’t even get me started on listening to NPR and being obsessed by shows on PBS. And THEN you tried to undertake a 21 day silence challenge. It’s too much, my friend. Just too much.
So I set out to find out about the phrase. And the sad truth, it is just as it sounds. All it means is trying to do more than you are capable of. No famous person claims to have said it first. No fantastic historic example of usage. DAMN.
And yet the spirit is palpable. When you bite off more than you can chew, everything can suffer. Everything starts to get done in a (pardon the expression) HALF ASSED WAY. So I swallowed my pride and quit the silence challenge. You can read my mea culpa on my blog at www.successinprint.net
So think of yourself here. Are you managing all of your commitments well? Are you leaving yourself enough time and energy and attention so that everything is done well? If not, how would you decide what to let go of?
It’s not an easy answer, is it? Bill and I have produced HOURS of content about time management and all that it entails. But here are a few thoughts.
Where work is concerned, revenue should come first. All activities surrounding taking care of customers and cultivating new ones should take precedents over being on the company pool team or helping to plan Secret Santas.
Where your personal life is concerned, consider your happiness and fulfillment and that of your loved ones above all else. Being present for yourself and your family has to matter more than helping your college buddy move or helping to plan the school fundraiser. Please. Do what you WANT to do, not what you feel like you HAVE to do. If you get both, GREAT! But don’t let your needs or the needs of your family suffer out of a sense of duty.
That’s just doodie.