How To Stop Over-Committing Yourself

How To Stop Over-Committing Yourself

Lifestyle | Posted by - April 28, 2017 at 12:00 am

Do you often feel like you have bitten off more than you can chew?  Do you find yourself rushing from project to project with barely enough time in between to eat or shower?  If you are like many entrepreneurs, you may have a tendency to over-commit yourself.   Here are some tips to help you break that habit and take back control.

Acknowledge that it is a problem.

While it's normal to be busy, if your hectic pace causes you to be stressed out most of the time, then it’s something that you need to address.  Being constantly on the run is bad for your health, strains your relationships, and can cause you to lose focus.  Being busy is productive; frantically scrambling around is not.  If you think that you may currently be overextended, then it is time to step back and re-evaluate.

Listen to your body.

Your body is great at telling you when you're going too fast, provided that you take the time to listen.  Do you have trouble sleeping?  Do you suffer from headaches or digestive problems?  Do you have acne or eczema or any other skin conditions that flare up when you're stressed?  If your body is displaying symptoms of stress then it means that your activities are physically straining you.  Don't take these symptoms lightly; while you may only be able to detect a headache and a rash, that same stress could be causing much more serious damage to your body.

Pause before you commit to anything

When somebody asks you to do something, your first inclination is probably to say yes.  For this reason, it is best to hold off before you make any commitments.  Allow yourself time to sleep on it and determine if you actually can make it work with your schedule.  If you are too busy right now, be ready to say no.

Be clear (and ruthless) about your priorities.

In order to make good decisions about how you spend your time, you must have a very clear picture of your priorities.  Know what you need to do in order to be successful in your business and at home, and make these tasks priority number one.  If you know what is important and you are willing to be firm on those priorities, you will automatically make better decisions about which projects to take on and which to decline.

We all have times when our lives are particularly busy and we have to put certain things on hold.  However, if your busy period lasts for months or years, then you need to take action.  What are you really achieving by keeping such a fast pace?  What are you giving up?  If you take some time to reflect, you may find that some of the tasks that are occupying most of your time are not that important.  Never forget that this is your life and you have to decide how you're going to live it.

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Tags: health, overextended, overworked, prioritize, stress, time management, entrepreneurs, habits, mental health

Maria Locker

Mompreneur® Showcase Group Inc. is the trusted national network that supports, educates, and empowers moms in business across Canada. Company highlights include over 14,000 members and subscribers within their online community, presentation of the "Mompreneur® Award of Excellence", and the annual National Mompreneurs® Conference. Maria Locker, Founder & CEO.

Eric Hine
December 8, 2013 at 8:52 pm
You raised some Valid points! :)
Stephanie Leblond
January 1, 2014 at 2:54 pm
I can relate! New opportunities are always so exciting to me but stopping to assess whether they fit within my big vision makes total sense. Still, I find it easy to justify how they do fit in some way...which sometimes leads to over-commitment. One thing I've started to do is to see if timing can be negotiated. By offering to work on a new project in a low-season, I get to say yes and not over do it. It works more often than I first anticipated!
Joe Wasylyk
October 29, 2016 at 1:02 pm
Over commitment seems to be a huge problem for senior entrepreneurs over 40. Older entrepreneurs and some younger entrepreneurs need to focus on their primary project with laser precision whether it's to write & publish a new book, startup a new business or take up an interesting social entrepreneur idea. Why do potential entrepreneurs sign up for every scheduled meetup when in reality a very small percentage of these meetings will be useful or relevant? Recently I mentored a graduated University student who wanted help with his new social entrepreneur project. After our first meeting I knew that the student would not be able to focus on his new project because he had a dinner plate over committed with many 'other' projects that made it impossible to even start his new social project. Over commitment leads to more confusion and often it jeopardizes the success of any individual project.
Vanessa May
November 28, 2018 at 6:04 am
very informative!
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