Swamped: Learning to Say No

Almost two months ago, I sat parked in the back of a crowded lot, chatting on the phone with my friend. I was venting to her about how my schedule was so packed, I was struggling to arrange a 15-minute meeting. At that moment, I was leaving one commitment and heading to another.

During that time, I was going to bed late and waking up early. Although I am usually punctual, running behind schedule had become my new norm. I spent a lot of time worrying about how I could get everything completed. I had become so stressed and overwhelmed; I desperately longed for a break. While speaking with my friend at that moment, I came to the conclusion, “I’m doing too much.”

Instead of walking inside, I drove home. I prayed about my situation, and I made changes. Sometimes, I say yes to too many things. I sign up for more than I can actually handle. When this happens, I am quickly forced to remember that I am only one person and can only do so much.

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I had to determine what was important to me, and use that as a gauge when building my schedule. Whether it’s family time, business goals, or even sleep, I’ve learned to prioritize accordingly. And, having a planner is super helpful. Realistic goals and planning ahead are essential when it comes to time management.

It’s okay to say no. My time is valuable and thus I am stingy with it! Saying “no” may feel a little awkward, but it’s important to remain true to yourself and your boundaries. You don’t always have to explain your reasoning and you definitely shouldn’t feel guilty for being responsible with your time.

Lastly, praying for direction always helps me make decisions on what I should and shouldn’t pursue. When I miss this step, I usually find myself feeling drained. God knows every detail of our lives and He is able to place us right where we need to be šŸ™‚

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,Ā making the best use of the time, becauseĀ the days are evil.Ā Therefore do not be foolish, but understand whatĀ the will of the Lord is.”
Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV


Do you ever feel swamped? If so, how do you handle it?

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