Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Thoughts on Busyness



Life lately has been somewhat of a whirlwind for the Rasmussen house. Life suddenly picked up the pace and forced us to move, when I was still stuck in winter mode of cuddling up and turning in for the night at five PM. Spring brings new air, blooming flowers and new life, and it brings a season of busyness. For me, busyness brings exhaustion, both the good kind that allows sleep the second your head hits the pillow with a sense of accomplishment, but it also brings that defeating exhaustion. The kind that you feel in your bones, that is hovering over you as you look around at the laundry piling in the corner or the grass that needs mowed but no one has had a free minute to get to it. Busyness can also bring a sense of guilt, and for me, sometimes I just want to bury my head in the sand and avoid everything on that to do list and just hide, hoping it will go away.

But it doesn’t ever just go away does it? The bills must be paid, Monday always rolls around faster than I’d like, and the calendar fills up with events. And instead of stomp my feet and refuse to enjoy any full day because I’m too “busy” I’ve realized that I don’t have to wish away these days. That this season, though we may be stretched is also a time where we can grow. This week in particular I am going to try to take control of my schedule, instead of letting it control me. This means I hope to have better planned days, utilizing my free time better, and not wasting precious time in the black hole of social media.

I plan on tackling one or two chores after work, like washing the sheets and vacuuming and folding laundry, so it doesn’t all pile up all week and have me ripping my hair out by Thursday. I plan on cooking something nutrious and satisfying right after work (or talking Ronnie into cooking something nutritious...) so its out of the way and the temptation to order pizza when I am starving at 8 PM isn’t too strong to resist. I plan on being productive in the first few hours of my evenings so I can rest well for the rest of the nights, instead of scrambling at 9 PM to get a blog post written and lunch prepared for the next day.

I also am going to stick to my scheduled running schedule for the week-because if last week taught me anything, cutting out the one activity that fills me up and refreshes me is the worst thing possible to do when I am already feeling exhausted and burnt out. Even when busyness tries to get in the way of something you love, I hope you can find a way to move it to the top of your priority list. Because what we do with our time matters. And taking time to rest well, to recharge, to connect with a friend or loved one, to read a book or go for a run, whatever it is that your soul needs, it matters. Its important enough to make time for.

13 comments:

  1. Great post, Brittany! I needed to read this today. I've been struggling with the same thing lately. And I totally get you on the ordering pizza because you're starving thing...my husband is good at swaying me when it's late and I haven't eaten yet. Sometimes it's even hard to have meals planned all week. These are great points! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  2. Spring does bring out the busyness! I had not thought about that. With the daylight lasting longer, I perceive that there is more time, although my body still needs the same amount of rest!

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  3. BUSYNESS IS THE WORST and no, it never goes away.

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  4. My husband and I order pizza more times than I want to admit, being busy is exhausting! These past few weeks have quite possibly been the busiest...ever. Thanks for writing this post, I can certainly relate!

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  5. Busyness is so inevitable and I love how you said we need to control our schedules, not vice versa! Xx.

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  6. Love this post. I think the Spring time brings busyness for all of us!

    xoxo
    mQs

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  7. Lovely post. Busyness is all about perspective. Time management always helps and also PLANNING one day of nothing other than a few necessary chores - always nice to look forward to. Love your positive attitude!

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  8. I love the "busy-ness" season! I need to work on time management because of all the things I want to get done this spring/summer, but I am really looking forward to tackling each project!!

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  9. I totally understand all of this! Especially with finals coming up for me, I feel extremely busy with everything. I love using my planner to help me organize my days and thoughts!

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  10. Girl..I have felt this way SO much lately! I've been making a point to make use of all my time, and to constantly remember that this life is abotu God and not about me, and I need to make sure that the things I'm doing are glorifying to him. It's so crazy how out of control our lives can get, and how overwhelemed it can make us feel. I felt somewhat like I was reading my own thoughts when I was reading this post, because I've been feeling exactly the same way. I'm so glad I'm not the only one :)

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  11. How timely! God has been speaking to me on this same topic lately, teaching me to slow down mentally even when, physically, I'm racing to get everything done. If I will quiet my spirit and rest in Him, He provides peace to conquer all the opportunities He's given. Time passes at the same rate everyday, but my perspective of it can make it joyful or burdensome. If I surrender my thoughts of stress and worry, I get the same amount done with so much less mental chaos. God is so faithful to fulfill His promise to give "rest for" our "SOULS" (Matthew 11:29), even when our bodies get tired. Thanks for sharing your tips to conquer a hectic schedule, Brittany. You're awesome!

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  12. Great post! I jotted down some similar thoughts on the trap of being constantly busy here: http://anastasiaamour.com/2014/03/26/busyness-trap-im-busy-isnt-good-enough/

    For me, I know the more I have to do, the more I just want to take a big ol' nap! Strangely enough it seems for me (and some other people I've spoken to) that we tend to accomplish more when we're less busy

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  13. I swear, every time I try to be LESS busy I end up with more on my plate than ever before. My goal for the next 10 weeks or so is to un-busy myself, but we'll see if it happens... I may need you to help hold me accountable!

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