You can’t finish what you don’t start and you should never start what you’re not committed to finish.
– Gary Ryan Blair
I have fallen into this trap. I have done it by over-committing myself. At the time, I felt sure I could handle it. But life is unpredictable, and things happen.
Now I have a new project that has to be taken care of, throwing everything else off-kilter. Do you know what that does? I have now become unreliable and look foolish. The worst feeling in the world is knowing you have let others and yourself down.
You either let the others know you will be late with their work or that you cannot do their project. Either way, it does not look good.
My advice to you is not to be Wonder Woman and try to do everything alone. Tackle one project, and complete it before committing to another. You could also let the person know upfront that you get other requests, and sometimes they take top priority.
If you are working a 9 to 5 job, you should find out your time frame. When other projects come along, let the individual know you have a high priority, but you would be happy to work with them when you are through with your current project.
Never commit to more than you can do on time. Supervisors, friends, and family will understand and have more respect for you.
Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.