Sunday, November 3, 2013

Double Booking

I've been too busy for my own good.  I'm double booking things.  Just found out I missed a massage appt. with my very expensive therapist yesterday -- didn't even have on my calendar.  I was enjoying myself at the wedding of dear friends.

I also double booked dinner for tomorrow night, but I've righted that one and will reschedule one for Wed. night.

The Urban Dictionary defines Double - Booking (or over-booking) thusly.  But mine are not of the romantic nature.  Airlines routinely overbook, don't they?  What's their excuse?

I'm just too damned busy.  Homework is not getting done.  Playing with new camera is not getting done.  I'm often feeling as if I'm forgetting something -- like that massage appt. yesterday -- but I don't know what it is.  Christ.  If I'm like this now, what the hell will I be like 20 years from now?  Assuming I have the good fortune to make it that long.

I feel like crawling into an isolation tank and floating in salt water with all senses blocked.  I'm on overload.

Tell me, dear readers, how do you combat overload?  (and YES, even retired people experience it, thank you very much).

9 comments:

  1. Schedule less per day.

    But on the other hand, be grateful that your "retirement" doesn't consist of sitting in a reclining chair, chain smoking, watching daytime game shows and having involved conversations with your twenty two cats.

    NICE pic, T.!

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    1. oh Laine, you are so right. And I AM thankful. I never dreamed life could be so full! Give me another 10 years and maybe I'll become the cat lady, but not now!

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  2. We don't have busy overload schedules, but we do keep a calendar for appointments. My lack of mindfulness manifests when I open the microwave door instead of the refrigerator to put away the carton of milk; and open the freezer door to warm the tea up, instead of the microwave. Old age is fun and truly great for a spooky laugh.

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    1. I can so relate: put the phone in the frig last week and several days ago brushed my teeth with Ben Gay.

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  3. Since retiring I make it a point to look very closely at any group I might join. Too often folks rush in to so many activities they are overwhelmed. Fewer ones of higher quality work for me.

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  4. I protect my space from too many commitments and write anything that is immovable on the calendar in front of my desk. I like to stay flexible for when I do things; so this has always been this way for me. When I was heavily involved in the local church, I would always limit commitments to two. If something new wanted in, I'd eliminate something already there. A book that helped me with this is called 7 Effective Habits and in there it suggested we separate the urgent from the important. Urgent can swamp important if we don't identify what matters most to our life.

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    1. I read that book years ago -- perhaps I should read it again!! I just want to DO everything and BE everywhere, and I just can't. Burning the candle at both ends isn't working for me.

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  5. Right now I'm looking into drinking infusions of stinging nettles and oat straw to give me nutrition that seems to be leaching too quickly out of my body during this time of life. Plus I'm trying to go aerobic since the Stanford research brain doc (invited to speak at FT's place of work) says this clears out crap that surrounds old brain synapses (and builds fresh new neurotransmitters!) Maybe this will eventually help my brain get sharp enough to remember that the chia seed belongs in the refrigerator and not the broom closet? ... and to look at the frickin' calendar in the morning, not the evening!

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