10/17/2011 05:06 pm ET | Updated Dec 17, 2011

Managing Expectations: Sometimes It's Better To Admit You Can't Do Something

I’m a “Yes” girl. Can I finish that by Friday? Yes. Would I be able to cover for someone’s vacation? Yes. Do I have time to help out another project? Yes. If there’s an assignment that needs completed or an extra mile that needs run, I’ll do it. Maybe it was youthful exurberance, but in years past, it seemed a lot easier to actually live up to all those yes’s.

Now, work isn’t the only thing taking my time. In fact, there’s more than one work competing for every possible minute. For the first time in my life, I’ve overcommitted. Before, I could always work hard enough to get everything done and all of a sudden, it’s no longer possible.

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