Ever write a ‘to do’ list and cry? For a task-oriented female-type personality, when a list makes you cry, it’s for good reason. Usually that ‘to do’ list is your ‘friend’ so to speak. The reason being you know what’s to be done and it gets done. That’s it. There are no tears, no frustration, no qualms. When your list makes you any other way, now, remember I’m only talking about the “tasker”, not any one else, that is one giant red flag warning of the impending eruption.
I am this personality type. I have noticed this cycle. Do, do, do, do too much, eruption, reduce load, do, do, do, do too much, eruption, reduce and so on and so on.
The ‘do’ modes are all well and good. The ‘do too much’ mode is where the warning comes. I am learning to heed to that warning to eliminate the ‘eruption’ mode. The ironic thing is, when the warning comes, there is something to be done. That something is an evaluation of priorities. What is important? To whom? Is it to glorify God? Jesus? Yourself? What is the long term affect? for the Kingdom? for your marriage? for your family? for yourself? Whatever ends up on the bottom must come off the list. Period. It doesn’t belong.
Taskers tend to be considered super people for some inane reason. This post is to hearby notify all non-taskers that we, as taskers, know all too well how inept, incompetent, and inefficient we truly are. We, as taskers, cringe with mortification, when so so aptly say we can do anything. We rarely ever do anything up to our own standards or complete nearly all we think we should be able to. Alas, we are just mere mortal human beings not some superhuman doer.
If you are a task oriented personality, please realize you are not a freak of nature and it is okay to not get it done. You are, after all, only human.