When you get busy, what is the first thing that slides?
I know for me, it’s connecting with the people who are close to me. And that is the last thing I need to let go of.
But as the pressure builds, I get more focused on whatever project or deadline is looming, my emails get shorter or nonexistent, my texts more abrupt, I stop reaching out and only give delayed responses when others reach out to me. I lose my focus on what should be truly important and hone in on what is fleeting and temporary.
I also lose track of myself. I don’t eat right and I don’t take the time I need for rest.
I’m in that place right now, and need to be sure to turn that around quickly. Having just moved, I’m feeling overwhelmed and behind and frantic. And I realized this morning that I’ve neglected to touch base with some people who mean a lot to me, and I’m working way too late into the night trying to catch up.
The funny thing is, the more disconnected I become, the more ineffective I am.
So it’s time to get some priorities straight and get back on track.
Today I will be intentional about reconnecting with my closest friends and family. That doesn’t even mean a long visit, but more than a short text. I will set myself a time limit for working so that I don’t just “work until I drop.” And I will schedule time this weekend for at least one fun opportunity with someone I care about.
What about you? What steps will you take to reconnect with those who are important?