I Can Do It All
What's up people?! I hope you, yes you who are reading this post, are doing well. Before we get out of the season of guest bloggers, I have one more guest post I'd like to present from my good man Byron Washington. Byron is no stranger to Simply Dondrae. He came through not too long ago and dropped a post before. He has a lot of wisdom and a lot to offer.
Byron Washington is an author, youth mentor, minister, life consultant and husband who wants to see people changed and empowered to reach their full potential in life. www.byronwashington.com
How much do you accomplish in a day? How much of that do you actually need to do? Checkout what Byron has to say about your schedule.
I Can Do it All…
My foot standeth in an even place… - Psalm 26: 12
This week has been extremely busy. Work, travel, organizing a surprise bachelor event (nothing ungodly), preparing for my best friend’s wedding, planning for my two year anniversary and trying to write this blog post.
Earlier this year my wife went to a great training: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The training had some really great information about time management, priorities and organization. One of the points that raced through my head this morning as I ran out to my early meeting was the idea that, “we cannot do it all…”
I am a very specific/detailed person were it comes to certain things. My wife just laughs at me because of how specific I can be. In the aforementioned training the participants were told to list all the things that they do in a day and then list the things that ONLY they could do. Not the things that they would prefer to do themselves, list the things that ONLY they could do. Honestly, there are probably only 2 or 3 things that ONLY we can do. The rest can be done by somebody else.
So many times we cloud our schedules thinking we are the only ones that do something when in reality we are not. We burden ourselves with trying to get everything done, because we think we can do it all.
So I delegate a lot and I make my family come first, my husband and our kids- K. Preston
We cannot do it all and if we try to we will live an unbalanced life. We will be stressed, burdened and overwhelmed and we will blame everybody else when in fact we are the culprit.
There are many things I prefer to do, because when I was single I had to do them. There was nobody else that was going to help me plan my trips, make airline, hotel and car rental reservations. I did have people that would assist me with planning events, but I was not a good delegator. Even now my wife will say, “I can make the hotel reservations, “and I will respond, “Naw, don’t worry about it…” Why? Because I have a preferred way of doing it, but the reality is that we almost always come to the same conclusion i.e. arrive at same hotel option for our trip. It takes me 10 minutes to reach the conclusion it takes her 10.5 minutes. It is something I want to do, but I am not the ONLY one that can do it, so I have to be willing to let her help me, so I can focus on other things.
I'm going from doing all of the work to having to delegate the work - which is almost harder for me than doing the work myself. I'm a lousy delegator, but I'm learning- Alton Brown
This week take the time to look at your roles, responsibilities and duties and be honest with yourself about the tasks that ONLY you can do and the tasks that can be delegated or that somebody (like your husband, wife or best friend can help you with), because let’s be honest…You Cannot Do it All.