When I get too busy, things simply fall through the cracks.
And if the pandemic taught me anything, it’s to slow down a bit and not take on too much.
I learned this after the office with the zone controlled HVAC was closed due to the pandemic. This forced me to learn to work from home in my own air conditioning but it had further reaching implications as well. I found out pretty quick that I had been way overloaded due to my inability to say no. Whether it’s to my family, friends or employers, I tend to stretch myself to thin in order to please or help others. That’s perhaps an admirable quality on some levels but it comes with a downside. The downside is that I tend to end up with too much to get done and not enough time or energy. During the pandemic, while I was working from the air conditioning of home, so much of that other stuff fell away because we were sort of locked down. And I remember thinking that I needed to maintain a level of less is more when it comes to obligations as nothing was falling through the cracks. Obviously, I didn’t hold to that as I was so busy this past fall that I didn’t get the HVAC maintenance done. So of course, the gas furnace quit in the middle of the night which required an emergency HVAC service call. That stung as it was both expensive and the HVAC professional confirmed that the problem would have been caught during the HVAC maintenance.