Overcommitting & Under Performing

Why as humans do we tend to over-plan our days & weeks? Why do we feel the need to overload ourselves? I had to ask myself this same question. The only way that we can seemingly feel productive is if we pile so much on ourselves and in the end – sometimes we overcommit & then under perform because we are just doing too much. Not saying it’s impossible but I don’t think it’s necessary all the time.

I think it’s ok to wake up with the idea of making maybe 1 or 2 things a priority – for the day or even for the week – instead of 8-10 things.

So, I have a whiteboard that has become what I use to ask myself 1 question:

“What would you like to accomplish this week?”

I used to pile it with 10-15 things until I saw that some of them didn’t get done. And it was okay. Because honestly, some of those things could wait until the following week. This week, I narrowed it down to 5 things & they aren’t even in the same category. For example, 2 things are school related, 2 for health, and 1 for just something I want to do personally.

I think sometimes we are so in a rush to accomplish certain goals. But I found that piling on a bunch of stuff doesn’t work for me. I have goals in pretty much every category of my life. But I’ve learned it’s best to take it 1 week at a time, 1 day at a time. Because it’s what you do daily that will get you to where you need to be.

There’s also lifestyle changes that inevitably come with achieving goals. Your habits, your thinking, it all changes overtime during the achievement of goals. For me, making weekly goals has helped me enjoy the process a lot more.

When you’re in a rush to complete goals – sometimes you burn out faster, give up easier and get frustrated because you’re failing to miss the bigger picture.

Most times, our goals will require a different us anyway. Because to get to where you want to be, you have to do things you’ve never done – or more of what you don’t typically do. And all of it takes time. Nothing changes overnight, not usually.

It’s better to do a few things well than to do many things poorly.

It doesn’t always take a long time to see changes. Even 4-8 weeks of focusing on a few things at a time can show great results in anything you’re doing. Like, one of my goals is to become a Software Engineer. One of my weekly goals could be: spend 1-2 hours a day studying JavaScript. Imagine me doing that consistently for 8 weeks? This could apply to anything. Little time spent per day on a goal over a long period of time is very effective.

So be careful thinking you have to burn yourself out just to achieve something. There’s much more to the formula – Habits, thinking, planning – to name a few. It’s not just about doing but actually doing it well.

So, take it easy on yourself. Because consistency is better than rushing.

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