May Do-Over: Balancing Our Priorities

Here we go, continuing my series on Preventing Procrastination, Prizing Prioritizing, and Pursuing Purpose. After suggesting in the post before Mother’s Day that we should learn to prioritize our priorities  (check it out if you missed it!), a companion idea is to:

**Balance our priorities!**

Even important tasks and obligations can become off-balance if we don’t pay attention, and do what is necessary to regain the balance. I’ve heard it said many times, “Balance is the key to life.”

So why is being out of balance so risky? I really couldn’t explain it any better than the way Joyce Meyer did in a couple passages from her devotional book, Starting Your Day Right:

It is easy to get over-committed, burned out, bummed out, worn out, and stressed out if you are trying to keep up with too many commitments. It is out of balance to try to do everything.

If you are happy doing what you do, keep doing it. But if it wears you out and robs you of peace, don’t do it. What sense does it make to commit to something, and then murmur and complain about it while you are doing it?

Being over-committed will frustrate you. Anxiety is usually a sign that God never told you to do what you are doing in the first place. To avoid frustration in your life, keep in balance.”

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If you are feeling compelled to do so much that you are physically worn out, you may be driven instead of led. Remember, you have to come apart from a busy routine before you come apart yourself. You have to get away from everything before you come apart physically, mentally, and emotionally. Give yourself time to get a good night’s sleep.

It is tempting to do everything that everybody else is doing, be involved in everything , know everything, hear everything, and be everywhere, but it isn’t God’s best for you.

Be willing to separate yourself from compulsive activity before you come apart at the seams! Spend time with God and ask Him to give order to your day.”

~~Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”

I’m still working on figuring out the best way to balance my priorities — I’m not sure how long it may take — but I’m more committed than ever to take responsibility for it and eventually obtain the victory!

You must take personal responsibility.

You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind,

but you can change yourself.

~Jim Rohn

How about you? Do you have so many priorities in your life that things are out of balance? Is it adversely affecting you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually? Do you have a plan to balance your priorities, and ultimately, your life?

Next post: Establishing Our Priorities!

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9 comments to “May Do-Over: Balancing Our Priorities”

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  1. Stephanie L. - May 12, 2014 Reply

    yes ma’am…over committing myself has certainly become my worst enemy…and very unmotivating for my writer spirit..great one!

  2. Jenna I - May 12, 2014 Reply

    Over commitment?! ME!?? Ahahaha.. ha… ha… …:(

  3. Hillary - May 12, 2014 Reply

    Oh gosh, do I ever overcommit to everything I do. I always say yes to everything, even when I know I can’t possibly handle it. I think I’m too nice 🙁
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  4. katherine bartlett - May 12, 2014 Reply

    Never giving up is something we all need to do

  5. peppylady (Dora) - May 12, 2014 Reply

    Don’t burn the candle at both ends.
    Don’t have to many iron in fire.
    Do I always listen to my own advice…”no”…but I who know maybe in some lifetime, I’ll get all figure it out.

    Coffee is on
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  6. Ana - May 13, 2014 Reply

    When I’m feeling overwhelmed I write down everything I’m supposed to be doing that day and it’s always because I’m trying to get 20 hours of work (sometimes more) done in an 8 hour window. I need to do some serious pruning here.
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  7. Francene Stanley - May 13, 2014 Reply

    Just keep your eyes on the future. None of your present concerns will matter. I’ve weathered the storms in my life up till now and each one has taught me how to strengthen myself.
    Francene Stanley recently posted..A sharing society (albeit through recycled water).

  8. Anne - May 13, 2014 Reply

    Out of balance would be one way to describe my daily lifestyle. Enjoyed your post!

  9. Misty Spears - May 14, 2014 Reply

    Oh sure, back to being overwhelmed and taking on too much. I think I could be a pro at that! lol
    Misty Spears recently posted..Comparing Yourself to Others – It’s All Apples to Oranges

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