POSTED: 09.26.2012

What’s Your Fine Line Between Margin and Overload?

TOPICS: Personal Organization

This morning I was at a breakfast business meeting and the video clip that was to play when I spoke, didn’t have any sound. My husband said something profound – It was on double speed and when that happens, you can’t hear anything.

Sounds like what I expressed to you last week about my personal stress overload that sent me to the ER: Time and calendar overload gives us no margin to have downtime to hear ourselves think and we need to slow down so we can hear what’s going on in us and around us.

Simplifying Life is about Having Margin vs. Overload

“Margin is the space that once existed between ourselves and our limits. It’s something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations.” Richard A. Swenson, M.D.
Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves in Our Overloaded Lives

Richard Swenson goes on to say:
Overload is not having time to finish the book you’re reading on stress.
Margin is having time to read it twice.

Overload is fatigue.
Margin is energy.

Overload is hurry.
Margin is calm.

Overload is anxiety.
Margin is security.

Overload is the disease of our time.
Margin is the cure.

Well said, Dr. Swenson!

Quit Something Because it’s Thursday!

Our main speaker this morning was New York Times Best Selling Author Bob Goff of the book, Love Does:Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World said this morning that he quits something every Thursday! Why? Because he wants to be available for more margin and spontaneity.

What a concept! Rearrange our overloaded schedule to have margin for “life!”

Question: What could you quit on Thursday (or today) that would give you welcomed margin in your life?

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