Giving ourselves limits and saying ‘no’

Just a quick post. I’ve been following the Zen Habits blog for a while now which publishes some thought provoking posts…not toooo deep, but just enough to make you take a step back and think sometimes.

I like this one on limits.

We live in a world of abundance, often to the point of excess: we can buy anything anytime, consume as much of the Internet as we want, eat anything all the time, work as much as our bodies will allow.

With so much available, it can become overwhelming, unhealthy, unbalanced.

I do push myself quite hard, I’m always busy doing things and don’t take a lot of time to relax.

This week I’ve had lots of tension headaches (my usual sign that I’m doing too much) and I’m feeling the need to say ‘no’ to more things.

Saying No

I have a habit of filling all my weekends with fab and exciting plans. These are great, but it can leave me feeling exhausted. The same with my week days really. I always have a lot going on with my job, blogging and general socialising. Sometimes it feels as if I don’t stop until I literally fall down on the bed at night. I like being busy though, it’s my default setting. My mind gets bored if I’m not zipping around. The downside is that tasks can become overwhelming when it gets too busy.

What if you could only do 3 tasks a day (besides responding to emails)? You’d pick the important tasks.

I’ve already given myself some limits on buying ‘stuff’ with the spending ban, maybe it’s time for me to give myself some limits on other things (time on my laptop, in front of any type of screen etc.)? Maybe I should only allow myself to go to three events a month or something like that? I’m going to think about it.

Do you set yourself any limits? …or do you just go with the flow?


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