Balancing Our Priorities

Here we go, continuing my series on Preventing Procrastination, Prizing Prioritizing, and Pursuing Purpose. After suggesting in the previous post that we should learn to prioritize our priorities, 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.”

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So why is being out of balance so risky? I couldn’t explain it any better than this:

It is easy to get overcommitted, 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 so something, and then murmur and complain about it while you are doing it?

Being overcommitted 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 not sure how exactly to balance my priorities just yet — or how long it may take — but I’m working on it!

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?

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7 comments to “Balancing Our Priorities”

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  1. Francene Stanley - August 18, 2013 Reply

    I agree with you, Karen. I’m out of balance at the moment. After blogging every day since Jan 1, I’m beginning to wonder why I should continue. Once, I looked forward to writing about news items and the way they affected me. But now, I’m hesitant. Maybe I should listen to my inner voice and take a break.
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  2. Alana (@RamblinGarden) - August 18, 2013 Reply

    Right now, I’m not out of balance. But I’ve also decided not to take on a lot of responsibilities right now. I’m 60, my best friend is fighting a cancer with a very low survival rate, and I want to enjoy life while I can.
    Alana (@RamblinGarden) recently posted..Civil War Sunday – The Diaries of War

  3. Sophie Bowns - August 19, 2013 Reply

    I wouldn’t say that I’m out of balance, but I feel like I am ready for a change. I want to make writing a ‘proper career’ but I’m not exactly sure how to go about it!
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  4. Melinda - August 19, 2013 Reply

    Well said! I think I do need to look at my priorities and schedule and give things a go-over.
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  5. Seema Khan - August 20, 2013 Reply

    you are absolutely right . thanks for joining in the event over at the friendly crafters

  6. Donalda Martin - August 20, 2013 Reply

    It’s hard at times to get our priorities and schedule together you gave some wonderful advise. Thanks Donalda

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