OverworkedHow do you sanely and sensibly schedule your work day?  And we should probably ask, is this even possible?

First we need to understand what ‘work’ really means. I define the word work as being ‘activity directed toward making or doing something.’  So, whether you are at your office, school, or shop - or at home in your garage, kitchen, front yard, or wherever, if you are doing an activity with the goal of making something happen, then you are working. Work is a positive word, in my mind and in our world.

So now that we have defined what ‘work’ is, how do you go about making a sane and sensible ‘work’ schedule? In order to make a sane and sensible schedule, you have to:


  • What a sane & sensible schedule is (for you)!
  • That all tasks, responsibilities, and commitments are not created equal.


  • A sense of control (really).
  • Amazed at the choices you have in your life (and thankful for them).


  • Sit and get a sense of everything you currently have on your plate.
  • Put selected items on an empty plate.

A good metaphor for understanding sane and sensible scheduling is the ‘all you can eat’ concept.  I live in a state that is famous for its all-you-can-eat buffets and am pretty familiar with this idea, having partaken myself more than once. Think of the people you may have seen at these all-you-can-eat fests (or state fair barbeques, church potlucks, etc.) who have their plates loaded up in a ridiculous fashion. You may notice that:

  • Food is hanging off the plate, sometimes falling off.
  • Food is piled up several inches deep.
  • Usually there are more solid items just stacked up on the ones that were ladled onto the plate earlier. You might see rolls, fried chicken, a huge brownie and the like, piled on top of the beans, potatoes, and shrimp that were already put on the plate.

Do you get the picture? Generally, when we see someone who has done this, we are disgusted because it’s repellent, ridiculous, and wasteful. It’s not healthy. When you think about your schedule, you have to think about how full your plate is. Is your plate piled high? Are things falling off the sides? Overscheduling is just as unhealthy as overeating.

Consider some of these phrases related to the notion of the gluttony of and how they translate to the idea of ‘too much on my plate:”

  • My eyes were bigger than my stomach (too much food). This translates over to the ‘time/activity’ world that our sense of what we can accomplish in a given time period is seriously out of whack and inaccurate.
  • I don’t know why I tried to eat all this - I am miserable. Which translates to: Why did I think I could do all this? Now I am miserable. Maybe you did get it done…but it was WAY too much.
  • Everything looks good!  Which translates to the fact that in our work there are so many things that look interesting and positive and good.  But we can’t have it all.  We have to choose, just like we have to choose what we are going to eat at a buffet or potluck.
  • I should have gotten two plates! Now, how does this one translate?  It actuallyl doesn’t because although you can get two plates (or more) at a buffet so that each one is not as loaded up, in life, you only have one plate…you can’t load up a second plate.

Gluttony is one of the 7 deadly sins…and of course, there’s a reason for that. We know why it is true for food, but right now, you need to think about how it applies to your schedule. You want a sane and sensible schedule which is wise and much better than being sinful!

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