Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
It is always tempting to get engaged in many activities, take more clients, attend more events, volunteer with many organizations, accept more projects or help all friends who need you. However, with limited number of hours on our days (our days will never be 52 hours); your personal need to get enough sleep , have time to tend to the needs of the most important people in your life , and spend enough time on each task to get it done to the highest quality standards possible ; you find yourself in a situation where your day is scattered between too many demands, causing you to collapse under severe stress.
Before accepting a task, take some time to plan where will you get the hour needed to perform that task. For example, in many situations I had to decline requests to volunteer with school activities but made sure to attend the school event itself to support my kid; my kid still values that I was there for him taking pictures and cheering up his team. I had to decline an invitation to attend a gala as it will not help my business, and dedicated the time to another networking event. I always use a strategy that I learned being a mechanical engineer: to add a safety factor. If you believe that a specific task will take a certain amount of time or a project will take a certain amount of weeks, add extra 10%. This way, some experts call it “under-promise and over-deliver”, as you will exceed the expectations when you deliver earlier than you promised and waw your client.
Originally posted 2016-03-21 23:58:45.