You cannot—and should not—do it all. You will underperform, burnout, and become unhappy. Take a sharpie to your life by cancelling meetings that don’t have specific objectives and maintaining a low information diet (sometimes selective ignorance is best). Most importantly, say NO. Your no’s give your yes’s power. Being too busy is simply a lack of focus, self-discipline, and delegation. Remember, quantity will affect quality. Divided attention divides results. Of course, life has its phases and at times you will drift precariously close to the edge of being overwhelmed. That’s fine. Just don’t live there.
“It’s not so much how busy you are, but how you are busy. . .the bee is praised, the mosquito is swatted.”
- Mary O’Connor, American writer and essayist