Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog.
We’ve all seen films of the old Broadway shows, with the lights, glamor, huge casts, glittering costumes and grand staging. These spectacles are meant to be over the top, to overwhelm the senses. And this is good.
I started thinking about this because I recently met someone for whom everything was a Big Deal. Every last little action in her life took on the size and glitter of a Broadway production. Being around her was exhausting.
And though I was quick to see it in her, I also saw it in myself. Not to the same extent, but there are times when I make a Really Big Deal out of little stuff.
Spotting The Marquee
I realized I had the same problem when I was getting ready for a recent camping trip. Three days before, I started with the lists. I listed the food, the meals, the supplies. I packed everything we could possibly need.
We weren’t going far, only about an hour away. Yet I packed like we were going off into the wilderness for a month.
As it turns out, we ate almost none of the food, thanks to the group breakfasts, potluck dinners, and the handy snack bar at the pool. The bedding I packed was insufficient for the coldness, and I ended up driving home with the cats on Saturday morning to leave them for the weekend.
So after all of the planning, we ended up bringing home most of our supplies and needed things we didn’t have.
Even worse, I was stressed out and grumpy the three days leading up to the trip because I was acting like the fate of mankind depended on me packing everything we needed.
Determining Where Your Shows Are
Don’t get me wrong. Some things can legitimately call for the full production. Holiday dinners, weddings (which I have heard described as state events run by amateurs), celebrations marking major milestones of our lives…these are all things that can, by choice, turn into big productions.
Scrubbing the floor? Not so much.
One of the things I noticed about this whole production is that when I am feeling stressed out as I prepare for something, I am probably over-complicating things. If I can interrupt myself when I get that way, I can usually simplify things.
Not only does this relieve the pre-event stress, but it also makes for a better experience.
Do you ever find yourself over-complicating things and making a Broadway show out of home movies? Share below your experiences and your solutions.
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