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How Much Is Too Much?

How Much Is Too Much

I complained to my friend the other day that I have too much on my plate right now. I’m a full time student, a full time blogger, and a full time event planner (I have three events coming up next week). My friend responded, “Well, you are saying it every time I speak to you within the last seven years.” Her comment forced me to think about how much responsibility I constantly take on myself. It’s not that I don’t know how to say ‘no,’ there are just too many great opportunities…

My mom also says that I have worn too many hats since… early childhood. I was one of those kids that attends all of the extra curricular activities, spends time on her hobbies, and manages to read books in between. I guess I developed the habit of multitasking way too early in my life and never stopped doing it (I am still multitasking while getting ready) . However, I always feel that I need to do just one thing at a time.

Recently, I changed my strategy and forced myself to say ‘no’ more often. I really wanted to work on a very exciting charitable event, but I forced myself to decline. I was brainstorming about another major exhibition, but I delayed the project until next year. The list is long and the opportunities are coming each day, but I concentrate only those that really fit into my plan. I don’t know where this mono-tasking will lead me, but I feel that it is something that I really enjoy right now.

How about you guys? How many projects at a time are you able to handle?

  • Ellen Smith

    I think it’s really important to say no and to learn how to decline things.
    Sometimes being busy isn’t always the best for us and can leave us feeling worse.

    Ellen,
    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie

    • I can’t agree more, Ellen! Honestly, I love to be busy, but it is time to be busy with one project only. Thank you for your support, dear! It means A LOT to me! xoxox

  • I’m the complete opposite and I can’t multi task, not even at the smallest task. I do think it’s wise that you’re learning to say no, maybe you’ll be less stressed that way?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • I thought I was pretty good at multi-tasking, and then I had my daughter…

    These days, I try to say “no” more often, because every new thing I take on is time I take away from her. So I blog, I work full-time (around 50-60 hours a week), I am a mum, I try to work out at least three times and still try to figure out when I am supposed to sleep.

    LindaLibraLoca:
    Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • I can’t even imagine how much more complicated/busy it is when you have a baby… When a life of a cute little thing depends on you, it is a different level of responsibility. I am truly inspired by those women that manage to handle it all. I honestly cannot imagine how it is possible.

      Your story is so inspiring! Not only you are a go-getter and a wonderful writer, you are also an incredibly beautiful woman. You are such an inspiration for me!

  • reneejessome

    I have a really hard time saying no. Although I never have nearly as much on my plate as you do!

    Renee | Lose The Road

    • I agree, saying ‘no’ is not easy. You don’t want to offend people, you feel it is not nice, you are a bit shy, you want to ‘underpromise and overdeliver’ etc. Why do you think it is difficult for you, Renee, to say ‘no’?

  • Smile51

    Beautiful lips

  • GoFashiondeals

    sometimes the best thing is to say no. If there is a lot on your plate some times you have to say no and focus on what you already have going on. 🙂

  • Amanda Amaya

    I very much understand this. I too am an overachieving, too many hat wearing, perfectionist. I am also learning that saying ‘no’ doesn’t mean you aren’t doing your best, it just means you’re a human with only so many hours in a week.

    http://www.lipstickisalife.com/

  • Antonio Garcia

    Nice lips
    My Nutrition