Wednesday, September 22, 2010

too much

Here's the thing: I take on too much. All the time. I don't know how to say no. I try to. And then I give in and say yes. I end up with way more to do than I possibly have time for and have to sacrifice the things I really want to do. In order to do things for other people that they really should be doing for themselves.

It happens at work. It happens with friends. It happens with family. It happens with mere aquaintances who I know vaguely through a group or club or something.

I get overwhelmed and stressed. Sometimes run down and sick. Always cranky. Really, really, cranky.

So today, when the countdown to my awesome Italian trip should be totally underway, I am drowning under too much. I'm sacrificing workouts. I'm sacrificing sleep. I'm going into work on my day off (and not getting paid). I'm getting up at 6:00 am on weekend days that I DON'T have a race!

And then, when I tried to re-delegate a task back to a friend (who works one day a week) I somehow ended up getting it re-re-delegated right back to me.

WHY WHY WHY do I let people convince me that their watching Survivor is more important than me getting more than 5 hours of sleep at night?

ANd does anyone know of a good assertiveness training class that I should take?

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Amy - the gazelle said...

If you figure it out, let me know. I could use the same training!

lclarey said...

Say this and only this. "That doesn't work for me."

geekhiker said...

Always prioritize yourself. Everyone else is doing the same thing already.

Sometimes I feel bad that I've had to prioritize things in ways I don't like. But there's only so much of me to go around...