Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Overwhelming deadlines, deadlines, deadlines!

Since I got back from Korea for an international conference last week of July, I got so much piled up work to do. Oh, deadlines, deadlines, deadlines! But life is full of them. How can we get away from the reality of meeting due dates in the household, in the workplace or even in the community we live in? We have bills and kids' tuition fees to pay on time, bank accounts to update, paperwork to submit, meetings to attend, etc. etc. But it's all learning what to prioritize and keeping a calendar. What I do is, I write all my to-do schedules in my desk calendar and place it right beside my computer. In that way, I am always reminded of what to do.

But there are times that we feel overwhelmed with deadlines bouncing off each other. Last week, for example, I missed a scheduled once-a-year free pap-smear because I got mountain ranges of deadlines to meet that even excellent prioritizing skills didn't seem to work anymore . My spirit was willing but my flesh was already weak.  Oh, I can prioritize things for others but I simply forget something important for myself! That's often the case. But then, I also see to it that when I accomplish tough things within my deadlines, I usually reward myself, say, go some relaxing places or simply dine out with hubby dear, my best friend ever. Let's, of course, be kind to ourselves no matter what. Well, I'm writing this blog as a journal for myself to set off my mixed up feelings with too many deadlines set for this week. And I just inspire myself with this thought, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4: 13).

Okay, back to work NOW to beat the red lights of the day! First things first on top of my head and I should enjoy every bit of a thing I do to block stress off.

"Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must".  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe