[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”565px” height=”” background_color=”#dfdfdf” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]This is the first post on my blog from Jacob Miller. He is a leader, a mentor through personal development, a writer and a photographer. He shows us how we can implement creativity in our own lives and gives us advice from his personal work. Read more from him on his own blog, fragments.kineticbear.com. He will be posting here on asmithblog.com every Thursday about how we can all become better leaders.[/dropshadowbox]
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with tasks that we take on. When we are helpful by nature sometimes that can get the best of us. We tend to fill our plate with more than we can handle. That can help us become stronger and grow, but it can also burn us out and that is no good. Our focus can become scattered when we have too many projects.
I have seen this happen to myself and realized a few things along the way.
1. You can lose the drive to finish the project.
2. The projects will take longer to get done because you just don’t have enough time in the day.
3. Your initial reason for completing the tasks go from passion to guilt.
4. The quality of work you do will suffer.
So how do we prevent ourselves from burning out so we can stay focused?
When it comes down to it we just have to learn to say “no.”
As much as you might hate to say no, people will understand. They know you are busy. They know you usually have a lot on your plate. They know that you would like to help, but don’t have the time to invest right now.
Don’t try to explain yourself, because you don’t need to. Just tell them kindly that you don’t have the time right now. Offer them an idea or maybe someone you know that may be able to help. References are a wonderful thing. It does both you and your friends a favor. You have time to finish your current workload and your friends get new opportunities.
It will take some time to get used to saying “No thanks!” to others, but with time you will realize how much it really helps you. We all need time to relax, catch up, and spend time with our families, so make sure you have a well balanced work load by learning to say “No thanks.”
When you feel overwhelmed with a lot of work how do you cope with it to stay focused? I would love to hear it. Share your story in the comments!