An important life lesson for anyone, especially entrepreneurs.
We all have a limited amount of time and energy, so it's important to be mindful of how we spend it. One of the biggest mistakes we can make is to overcommit ourselves. When we take on too much, we end up feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and burnt out.
For example, this week, I was working hard on launching my game, dog sitting for a friend, and working a full-time schedule (between two part time jobs). I was lucky that things worked out, but I know if I had said yes to one more responsibility, I would have failed
So how can we avoid overcommitting ourselves? Here are a few tips:
Be honest with yourself about your limits. It's important to know what you can and can't handle. If you're not sure, ask yourself these questions:
Do I have the energy and time to do this?
Could I be more productive doing something else? Is this within my skill set?
Say no to things that don't align with your priorities. Once you know your limits, it's important to be selective about the commitments you make. If something doesn't align with your priorities, it's okay to say no.
Delegate tasks. If you have too much on your plate, don't be afraid to ask for help. As an entrepreneur, this is the moment when you shoul outsource work, like hiring a marketing agency or paying an accountant.
Set boundaries. It's important to set boundaries with your time and energy. Let people know when you're unavailable and don't be afraid to say no to requests that will overextend you. They should respect your time, and vice versa.
Take breaks. It's important to take breaks throughout the day, even if it's just for a few minutes. Get up and move around, step outside for some fresh air, or do something else that will help you relax and recharge. Personlly, I like to do yoga and meditate on the seven major chakras.
Overcommitting is a common problem, but it's one that can be easily avoided. By following these tips, you can learn to say no, set boundaries, and take care of yourself. When you do these things, you'll be less likely to overcommit and more likely to achieve your goals.