Managing your schedule is like being a waiter at a fancy restaurant.
Weird comparison, I know, but hear me out:
Think of your tasks, meetings, assignments, etc. as a plated dish. When you're focused on only one meal , it's easy to walk around and carry the plate from point A to point B. Two plates are fine, and you're able to continue on, even though both your hands are occupied.
But then things get tricky.
When you add more things to an already busy day, it's like carrying more plates. Soon you're struggling and trying to find the best ways to balance all the plates; on your arms, on each other, maybe on your head!
Perhaps you're really good at balancing. You utilize every available space and can just manage your overwhelming amount of fully, loaded plates. And okay sure you're doing it-- but it's not stable. Eventually, it's going to give.
We've all seen it, either in person or on T.V., what happens when that poor, overloaded waiter with their precariously balanced load takes a wrong step or is just lightly bumped.
Everything comes crashing down into a big, splattering mess.
That happens in our busy schedules too. When we overburden and overstretch ourselves, we feel like we may be accomplishing more, but we're also putting more things at risk of falling down. I've noticed that most people with a stress-inducing workload have their day meticulously timed out like a well oiled machine and achieve everything they set out to do; most of the time.
But some days don't run smoothly. Traffic can make you late, technical issues can delay a project, an unhelpful coworker or boss can demoralize you and sap out your work ethic.
Whatever it is, all it takes is one little block from your shaky, Jenga tower of a schedule to bring the whole thing down.
I know this because I've seen it happen to people I know, and I've experienced it happening to me.
It's so easy to get sucked into the trap of over-working yourself and being constantly busy. Being in grad school has definitely forced me to reevaluate my priorities when it comes to "being busy". There's a lie in work culture today that says you have to prove yourself by having the least amount of free time and wear that around as if it's a badge of honor. But that isn't a healthy way to live.
People need breaks.
People need rest.
And people need encouragement that it will get better.
So I'm here to tell you that it will get better. And that it's okay to empty that busy schedule and take a day off.
1 Peter 5: 7 "Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you"