How To Stop Overextending Yourself With Time

When you enjoy what you do, it is surprisingly simple to take on too much. Is work not “work” for you? You may be fortunate enough to be in that circumstance, but that also means you are less likely to be aware when you are on the verge of burnout.. Entrepreneurs may be more passionate about their work than most people, making us all more prone to getting caught up in the thrill of the job.

Self-care is a crucial component of business care because if we fall apart, our company will follow suit.

We experience pressure to respond "Yes" to opportunities quickly because we are concerned about missing the opportunity or, worse yet, scaring the person who is providing the opportunity away with our measured response. I've discovered that although some possibilities are transient, they are not quite as frequent as we may believe. That is to say, we have a tendency to be overly cautious when estimating how rare an opportunity is. Regrettably, this means that we are more likely to accept offers even when we lack the means to do so. We're suddenly stretched too thin.

Try pausing for a second to think about passing up the chance being presented. It may last five minutes or the whole evening. Give yourself as much room as possible. You might be shocked by the fresh ideas that appear out of nowhere, thoughts that perhaps would not have entered your mind had it not already been too late. Because they are a little too perfect, some opportunities can seem especially uncommon. Fortunately, our gut can alert us when we need to go deeper. For myself, I might have the impression that someone is withholding information or that the deal might go in a different direction than it was intended to. The most crucial thing to realise is that your gut instinct isn't specific; it simply recognises when something feels off about a situation. This is true even though it is frequently correct. Additionally, it might be informing you that taking advantage of a new opportunity will put too much strain on your resources.

1: Stop doing things that aren't benefiting you. 

I frequently have to fight off sentiments of being inadequate or a letdown while leaving a job, organisation, or social group. I've come to understand that continuing to do something could be wasteful for both myself and the organisation if it negatively impacts my mental health or does not add to my life. For example, I recently left a job that wasn't a good fit for me because I understood it would be better for both the company and me if they hired someone who was more qualified for the position I left. Although it was painful to leave, I did.

2: Don’t feel guilty about making time for yourself. 

Whether we like to admit it or not, the majority of people intuitively understand the importance of self-care to their productivity and well-being. However, a lot of individuals, including myself, frequently neglect prioritising self-care. Finding time for delightful, rejuvenating activities is also crucial for one's physical well-being and productivity. Stress often results in individuals being unwell, eating poorly, sleeping sporadically, and skipping exercise. I know it does for me. Not to add that stress impairs one's ability to concentrate, communicate, manage emotions and challenging circumstances, and think clearly and coherently. It is inescapably impossible to achieve more in the long run when you are under stress from doing too much in the near term.

3: Keep your FOMO in check. 

The "fear of missing out," or FOMO, is a primary driver of behaviour for many college students. They do not want to miss anything or regret not taking the opportunity, they spend time with friends instead of doing their homework or agree to another engagement in lieu of spending time for themselves. Staying at home would have been more useful than accepting these offers, which often only adds stress to your life. There will always be additional possibilities to socialise, work, or participate in an activity. When you have some free time and can participate without overwhelming your schedule, putting your mental health first will make it more worthwhile.