Our reader poll today asks: How likely are you to overcommit yourself and run yourself down from doing so?
- Very. I do it all the time: 42%
- Somewhat. I try not to overcommit but it happens occasionally: 46%
- Not very. I rarely find myself overcommitted: 7%
- Not at all. I manage commitments rigorously so I’m not stretched too thin: 4%
Overcommit and underdeliver. Many of you report overcommitting sometimes to all the time. Those are alarming numbers. You’re not impressing people by taking on too much work and then either failing to deliver on it to an expected standard or running yourself into the ground in the process of getting the work done. If you’re burned out, you’re worthless to the organization, your friends and family, and to yourself. Get comfortable with saying “no” or pushing back on deadlines. Take baby steps at first. When someone says they need something “right now” get clarity on the date. Oftentimes things can be pushed out. The more comfortable you get with pushing back, saying “no,” and delegating, the less likely you are to disappoint those around you and wear yourself out.
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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 240,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.