Our Sunday was planned for a short project at home in the morning, followed by a trip to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to see a friend perform in a Chamber Music concert.
Unfortunately, Sunday was the only day this weekend that I was going to be able to catch up on work, including any final preparation for a big quarterly review at work. The team and I have been working for quite some time in getting ready for the presentation and as things worked out, this afternoon was needed by some of us to ensure that we were prepared. After some agonizing and thought about how the entire Sunday was to play out, the decision was made to miss the concert. This was a very hard call and missing the concert was troubling to me.
Priorities are individual and all have to make their own judgments and balances. But what was most interesting to me was how I felt after finally making the decision. Yes, I was disappointed - - but I was also relieved. I felt my stress level immediately drop - - even the tension I sometimes feel in my neck was no longer there.
We love to do many things. We need to do many things. But stepping back, prioritizing and ensuring that we don't over-program or overstress ourselves turns out to be Priority Number One.