When You Have Too Much To Do and Too Little Time #MondayMusings

Do you sometimes feel like you have too much to do and too little time to do it? These past few months, I get this feeling frequently. This is when I know all about To-Do lists and prioritizing.

While I am able to manage my work well, I have been lagging behind at my home chores (yeah, surprising, considering cleaning home and washing things are my topmost priorities in life), my blog and reading too.

I feel I have too much on my plate and have been pulled in too many directions. I have had a hectic work month, I am not complaining about it one bit. But that gives me less time to do other things.

The best solution that I can think of is to work more and sleep less. But the thing is that I just cant function when I am tired. I need to sleep to ward off the fatigue.

The other option is to let go off some of the chores. I am doing that a bit, but still a lot is unaccomplished.

I am leaving for work to Bali in a few hours and I have a LOT to do. Of the various things that I have in my list of things to do before I fly out, writing today’s post and scheduling another one are two of them. Thankfully, this post is done but the second post is certainly not happening today, and that is giving me jitters.

One part of my brain is asking me to take a deep breath in and then breathe out and stay calm. And the other part is urging me to take a nap instead!!

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What do you do when you have too much to do and too little time?

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36 thoughts on “When You Have Too Much To Do and Too Little Time #MondayMusings

  1. Oh gosh! I marvel at your dedication, Shilpa. I will say concentrate on the priorities and let a few things slip when you are short on time. Traveling to Bali. Now that sounds like fun. Have a good trip.

    • Ah! Dedication… It’s not as much as you have towards everything you do, Rachna. You are a rockstar. Yes, prioritisation should be my buzz word. Thanks, hope to find some time for fun at Bali, coz it’s a work trip.

  2. Shilpa, you prioritise. Choose the most important things to do on your list and let the less important slide. I too can’t do without sleep, housework can be outsourced to family members πŸ™‚ Loved your testimonial on my blog for the IB awards, bless you. Best of luck for your Bali trip, have lots of fun and make happy memories.

    • Yes, prioritising is the key. Hope to sort my list. Thanks a lot for your kind words and wishes and you have a great trip too. Looking forward to read your travel stories, Sulekha.

  3. Wow! It does sound like you have got too much on your plate. If I am stuck in this kind of a situation I will go back to sleep. A relaxed and refreshed mind is capable of achieving more than an exhausted mind. Then, it is also true that somedays getting back to sleep also appears like a luxury.

    • True, a relaxed mind can accomplish a lot. At this point of time, my thoughts are similar to what Hemmingway said, ‘I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?’

  4. I can relate to that Shilpa, except that I do not go to work as long hours as you do, but the pull in so many directions over the course of the day is something I can relate to very well. I do think that you need to take the time out to sort out your most essential priorities, and health surely comes first, but I also know that when you have a full-time job, it isn’t that easy either to choose between two essential priorities! Take some time to relax on the flight and try to make some time for yourself, while on the trip. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for understanding and sharing your perspective, Esha. Sometimes, life gets overwhelming. But we do need to take it in our stride and find out what works best for us. Thank you and wishing you a relaxed week too.

  5. You are going to Bali and you are thinking about work… No no no… Just let go of few things and enjoy You actually spoke what was there in my mind. I can’t let go of sleep, so I have slowly started priotising my projects. Else I end up stressing out a lot. Letting go of few things is ok when it come to leave of mind.

    • Ah. Can’t let go of thinking about work because it’s work at Bali. Agree with you about ignoring a few things. Hopefully will get around to do them soon.

  6. Please go on a vacation mode, in your mind already! The work never wraps up& to be true that’s how we all keep moving!
    Hope you have a superb trip and share some pics:)
    Bon Voyage

  7. I sleep, when I have too much to do. Which is weird because the chores are all right there waiting for me when I wake up. Or I postpone EVERYTHING that I possibly can including the cleaning and the blogging. But hey you’re off to Bali. Have a good time. And post pictures.

    • Ah. That’s interesting. Probably the rest gives you the zeal and motivation to finish off the chores. Thanks Tulika … Bali is a work trip but hopefully will get some time to explore it.

  8. This is me, every single day. But somehow I prioritize well and get through most of it. Sometimes, I just let it go and sit back and relax.

    We are humans after all, can’t do everything πŸ™‚

  9. I would say let it go Shilpz – why do we need to be so stressed about doing-it-all, all the time? Dont berate yourself over it – just enjoy what you do! And when it becomes a pain – sit down to evaluate why? Thats what I do!!

    Bali!!!!! Oh woman, thats one place I have been yearning to go! Waiting to see some pics and posts from you now!!! Have fun!!

  10. Doing more and sleeping less never works for me. I simply muddle the job when I’m tired and have to redo a lot of it. I find it better to take a long walk or go for a hike. Often, that’s enough to rejuvenate me and I sometimes come back with a better way to approach the tasks of the day.

  11. I think it’s important to list what absolutely needs to be done and focus on that first and foremost. The other stuff, if it isn’t urgent, can wait. Sleep is essential and then we’re more efficient when we get it <3

  12. I take a few deep breaths and do as much as I want to, postponing some of the activities for a later date, and just relax; I constantly remind myself πŸ™‚ its ok to leave aside some activities undone, nobody is going to punish me and handle one thing at a time.

  13. You work-travel to such exotic locations, Shilpa. Need an assistant? πŸ™‚
    That aside, I don’t really know how to answer the question. I am terrible at managing my time, so I’m just going to chime along with the others.
    But you are one dedicated person.

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  15. Frankly, when it’s too little time and too much do, I panic! πŸ˜› But then I try calming myself down and try focusing on what needs to be prioritized and yeah, it does take a toll on the things like reading and writing often.

  16. My list of priorities allows me to let off some chores that are not so necessary as I used to consider them……In fact, sometimes they are simple habits that can be abolished completely .
    I’m very strict as far as my employment is concerned, but let go a bit regarding house chores…
    I’m my only BOSS , in this case !
    Take a deep breath, ok?

  17. When I have too much on my plate i usually have glass on the other hand which balances everything, and help me focus on all at a time and also helps in good sleep. Happy Journey

  18. Hey Shilpa, Its happening with me these days and I am not able to meet the deadlines. And then Gratitude Pie saves me at the end of the day. I think I should lessen my sleep hours to not more than 6 hours. I am giving it a try.Lets see.

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