What is that old saying, if you want something done give it to a busy person! OMG, I wonder what on earth goes through my mind sometimes! Let me break it down for you.
Before having children I was the person who was on every committee, involved in a number of different sporting clubs, not for profit organisations or networking groups. When we first moved up to the mighty Murray River, the way that I integrated myself into the community was to get involved. Within 6 months of moving here I found a job, was accepted into a community leadership program, helped establish and became the president of a sporting club and became the president and committee member of a number of a community groups. Whew! Yes, I was that person!
So when mid-last year, one of the groups that I had invested nearly four years in as president was on the brink of shutting down I knew I couldn’t sit back and do nothing. So I committed to another term on the committee after being away for a couple of years on the proviso that I couldn’t help out with hosting evening events or have a hands on role. I suggested that I could help out with the backend and answer emails, update social media and help find some grant funding.
So please tell me what on earth I was thinking when I agreed to help run the 40th Anniversary celebrations or why, knowing how busy I am take on follow up tasks when I have a million and one other things that need to be done. TELL ME WHY!!!!??????
This community group means a lot to me. I invested a lot of time and effort into it when I inherited the responsibility and I too have been in the situation where there were only two of us left to run things because people couldn’t/wouldn’t commit to committee roles. I get it, it’s the nature of community groups and we’re but one in thousands of committees that go through the struggle of finding committee members. I don’t resent being asked to help out again but seriously, with everything I have going on at work and trying to find the time to do my own thing I have to wonder why I am so keen to put my hand sup and offer to help
‘Yep, I can follow this up or sure, I know that person so I can ask them’.
I hear myself say it and I give myself a mental slap, but I still commit to the task anyway. I get that busy people seem to get stuff done but I seriously need another task in my life like I need a hole in the head. But, what is done is done so I thought I’d google the origin of this well known idiom so that at least I know the background: