You don't have to do it all

You don’t have to do it all – prioritize what’s important to you

You don't have to do it all
You don’t have to do it all

Each day, we have so many to-do’s, it can be really difficult to find the time to get everything done. But what if I asked you the hard question…does everything really NEED to get done? That’s the underlying theme behind today’s post that bravely tells you “You don’t have to do it all”. Sounds pretty scary doesn’t it? I bet you are thinking that “Of Course” I need to get it all done, and sooner than later. I’d like you to ask yourself a few questions when you start thinking that it’s a foregone conclusion that something needs to be done by you.

  • Is this a priority for me?
  • What will happen if this doesn’t get done in the short-term?
  • Can it be delegated?

All of us have a finite amount of resources: time, money and energy. We can choose to use these resources in a variety of ways to get different results. Let’s pretend that you have company coming over this weekend, and you have determined that cleaning your carpets is a priority for you. If we interchange options of our 3 resources types we can come up with a couple of different answers to our problem.

  1. We have a really tight budget and its most important for us to get this job done without a lot of costs.
    Energy + Time saves Money
    You decide to do the job yourself (energy) and use regular household items to get the job done which will take a little be longer to do (time) but you will have very few expenses (money)
  2. Another option is that you still need to save your budget but you know that you only have a few spare hours to get this done.
    Energy + Money saves Time
    You decide to clean the carpet yourself (energy) but rent a carpet cleaning machine (money) at a local store to help you get the job done faster (time)
  3. A third option would be that time is in short supply so you are willing to spend some money have someone else get the job done
    Money saves Time + Energy
    You call a professional carpet cleaning service (money) and set up an appointment for Thursday morning (time) to get your carpets cleaned for the season (energy)

Getting back to the idea that “You don’t have to do it all” I hope that these examples have given you some hope that there are many ways to solve a to-do item. Sometimes it makes the most sense for you to do it yourself, but sometimes there are other possibilities that might make the flow of your life a little less stressful. It’s up to you to choose the solution that works best, at this particular time. And always remember that if something is just honestly not a priority at this point in time, it is within your power to put it off to a future time or (gasp) even delete the to-do from your life altogether.

Take one to-do on your list this week, and try working up 3 options using the Time,  Money, Energy equations. Enjoy the power that this “choice” will give you on getting things done this week.  I’d love you hear about your choice in the comments below.

Thanks, Denise




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  1. Thank you for good advice! I have to do list and I’ll try to do as many things as I can! But it’s sometimes it’s overwhelming ! But I have to prioritize which is more important for me! Thank you for giving me inspiration!

    1. drriehl says:

      Thank you! Keep prioritizing for you and your continued success!

  2. I have “superwoman syndrome” where I think I have to do it all. Combine that with my control issues and I get overwhelmed easily. Thank you for this great reminder that I don’t have to do it all! Great reminder as we head into the holiday season!

    1. drriehl says:

      “superwoman syndrome” is a tough one. Feels so powerful but actually it can be draining if not done for the best reasons for YOU. I hope you have a happy holiday season!

  3. Yes yes yes! I agree 100%. Prioritizing is key in any business to get the right things done and keep your sanity. Love this post!

  4. drriehl says:

    Thank you. Continued success in your business while still keeping your sanity!

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