The 200% Day

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How much do you pack into your day? Too much?

Kay O'Very, Guest Writer

My days are 200% full. But it’s for the best, right?

I recently had the honor of going to Layton, Utah for the 2020 Winter Homeschool Conference. During my time there, I was deeply impressed with a single message: we, as humans, are too busy for our own good.

I don’t know about you, but me, personally? Yeah, my days are, like, 200% full. Slightly insane. And not a recipe for happiness and relaxation and rejuvenation.

But really… it’s all for a good reason, right? Lots of activities means lots on a college application, which means good college, which means getting a great secondary education, which means a world of job opportunities, human connection, and a lifetime of changing the world, right?

Only, maybe not.

Is having a ton of extra-curriculars worth having a 3.5 GPA? Is having a 4.0 GPA worth abandoning family and friends and barely keeping up the pretense of having a mildly clean room?

Should we just totally not care what colleges think and just do our own stuff and it will totally be enough?

Or could there possibly be a sweet spot, that center of balance, with time for family and friends and actually having a clean room, extra-curriculars, and honors classes, and a 4.0 GPA?

Perhaps we just need to thin a lot of stuff out of our load and keep it simple, simple, simple?

I honestly do not know. I think there is no one right answer. It’s different for everyone.

But we do need to keep in mind, as we go about our day, apply for a new school year, and start thinking about the classes we will take next school year, that more is not always more. We must remember that time for rejuvenation is time well spent, and without it, we are less effective in our work.

We need to at least consider this problem of 200% days. We need to at least be aware of the pitfalls of doing too much. We need to at least think about doing less, and doing what we do do, with excellence.

After all, quality, not quantity conquers at the end of the day.