I used to have an annoying tendency to agree to anything that’s far enough in advance.
My bad habit would kick in whenever I looked at my planner and found a blank space during the requested time. Nothing there? Looks like we’re good to go!
Then the future would show up, and I’d discover that once again I’d overbooked my time, attention and energy—to my physical, mental and spiritual detriment.
You’d think I would have caught on quicker, but it took me several decades to learn to reserve the necessary margin I need in my life.
I’ve finally come to view such demands differently, even when my calendar is open, because I can honestly answer that I already have another commitment at that time—to myself!
May is Mental Health month. Do yourself a favor. Give yourself a break.