When There is Simply Not Enough Time
Keeping busy can definitely lead to a sharper and quicker mind. But what if being consistently busy is not getting you the results you want? What if you find that you can’t get everything you set out to do accomplished? Even if you do accomplish it, is it up the caliber you wish it to be? It’s really great to be involved in many great activities and organizations. But if you aren’t satisfied with the quality of the things you are delivering, it may be time to re-evaluate.
Doing too many things at once can sometimes mean nothing gets done very well, and, all too often, it means nothing gets completed either.
We all have 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week. In that time, we need to find time to eat, sleep, and do the basic everyday chores we need to take care of. On top of that, most of us either have a job, go to school, or run a business. Now try to add socializing, volunteering at events, volunteering for a non-profit organization or two (or three or four). That’s when you realize that the 168 hours in a week is not always enough time to do what you want to do. Especially if you’re someone who, like me, likes to give good work. Whether we accept it or not, what a person does will be associated as part of that person’s brand. The same, unfortunately, can be said about what a person does not do. If a person doesn’t perform or deliver on what they say they are going to do, it leaves a negative impact on the brand of that person.
You will only be remembered in life for two things: The problems you solve or the ones you create.
How do you want to be remembered when you are no longer at an organization? No longer living in the town you live in now? When you are no longer socializing with the same people you socialize with now? Or when you simply moved on from this life? Do you want to be remembered as a person who helped to solve a lot of problems or as a person who said they would but didn’t deliver and thus caused more problems than what existed prior to you getting involved?
There are many people, me included, who want to accomplish a great many things in life. In the process of doing that we may find ourselves getting involved in too many things. I say it may be too many things because if you’re getting involved in more things than you can handle, then you are guaranteeing that you won’t be giving the things you’re involved with your all. With that said, your inability to give it your all will undoubtedly lead to mental fatigue, and increased irritability. It’s also a key factor in many people being disorganized.
Signs that you may be taking on too many things:
You start missing required meetings because you did not have time to be at them.
You find it harder and harder to find time to spend with your spouse, or your children.
The list of things you commit to taking care of is growing faster than the list of things accomplished.
You begin to get tired easily each and every day.
You feel like nothing you do is appreciated or makes a difference.
A large part of your day is spent on tasks you find either mind-numbingly dull or overwhelming.
Every day seems to be a bad day.
Do you find that many of the above items, describes you perfectly? If so, it may be time to re-evaluate all the things you’re doing, all the items you’re committing to and determine what needs to change. As one of my mentors told me a while ago, “Taking a step backwards from time to time may take you a few steps forward.”
What are some of your thoughts on over committing?
Have you ever found yourself in that situation?
If so, what did you do to change it?
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