Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Where the line?

Have I created a busy life for myself, or am I engendering chaos?

My day-to-day work is stressful and full...and I often spend the day on the computer, wrenching my brain around concepts, rationales, and budgets.

In my private life
  • I bowl on Wednesdays. **Update 2** I'm dedicated to finding us a sponsor for t-shirts this year!
  • I chair a Board of Directors of the best event in town, the Okanagan International Children's Festival.
  • I'm a member of the Board of the networking organization Penticton Women in Business.
  • I'm going to be directing a short, one-act play for performance the first week of December.
  • I'm helping to organize a local congregation's annual Walk to Bethlehem (a 3-day re-imagining of life in the Ancient Near East, complete with children's pageants and anachronisms).
  • I periodically write book reviews.
  • I (try to) have a social life.
  • I'm presenting at BookCamp Vancouver on Friday.
  • Oh, and I'm married, and trying to have a relationship that's more than coffee in the morning.
Where can I draw the line? What do I prioritize?

Then there are the things that I want to find time to do:
  • Work on my book idea with my buddy who lives in Korea.
  • Start work on a MBA.
  • Catalogue my movies.
  • Spend more time studying French.
  • Blog more often.
  • **Updated** Organize my photos, make albums even.
  • **Updated** Learn to use Photoshop.
  • **Update 2** I want to get a conversation salon started in town.

It has been an amazing Thanksgiving weekend, where my absolutely perfect turkey was consumed by a small group of close friends. I am grateful for the activities in my life, but I do wonder if I should pare them down.

I would welcome your thoughts and suggestions.



The Nag said...

Keep the bowling and the husband.

Lori said...

Thanks, Nag. Definitely priorities. :D

Anonymous said...

Ditch the job, keep the husband.

Lori said...

Well, Anonymous...if I ditch the job, the currently unemployed husband will be less appealing.

But tempting!

Lydia said...

Have 11 kids.

Lori said...

Ah, Lyd...If I had had 11 kids, I wouldn't have taken on so much else.

Lydia said...

Nor would they let you on that plane to get 'free flights' that Metro wants to get on. Odd coincidence that comment and his post!

Lori said...

Metro and I have this bad habit of reading each others' minds...but in this case, it's you reading his. Hmm.

raincoaster said...

You MUST be joking about the MBA, right? Studies show it's nearly valueless unless you want to work at KPMG. What do you want it FOR?

Anonymous said...

So how's it going with the prioritising?

Lori said...

The MBA, or MPA if I want to stay in government...but I'm still thinking on that one.

The prioritizing? At work, simple. In my life? By deadline, then inclination. I just need to take on less!