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15 Ways To Stop Overcommiting Your Time And Energy…

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In a world that celebrates the hustle and grind, it’s easy to find yourself constantly overcommitting your time and energy or on menial tasks that never move us toward the life we want to live. It’s no wonder then that people live in a state of perpetual overwhelm, burnout, stress, or anxiety.

The good news is that you can break the pattern of overcommitting yourself and take control of your life. Committing to yourself first and implementing the tips below will help you break out of this old pattern and stop the anxiety, burnout, fatigue, and overwhelm you have been experiencing so you can start living life on your terms.

Like any pattern we consistently repeat, there will be learning stages involved in breaking it. At first, you may find that you don’t even realize you have overcommitted yourself until you’re already in a state of overwhelm and frustration.

When this happens, take time to figure out where things went wrong that led to the overcommitment. From there, you can apply these tips to break the cycle.

How To Stop Over Committing

1. Do a Time Audit

To get your time, energy, and commitments under control, you need to figure out where they are leaking.

To do this, grab a notebook and set an alarm every 15 minutes on your phone. Use these check-ins to write down what you did in the fifteen-minute timeframe. Do this exercise for a minimum of three to seven days.

At the end of each day, or week, take time to reflect on how you spend your time. Try considering that each minute is $1 and whether that time or “money” was well spent. From there you can use this exercise to decide if a task is something you should continue, stop or delegate.

If you’ve ever heard the story of the philosophy teacher filling the jar with rocks you can take this exercise one step further and decide if each task is a rock, a pebble, or sand.

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