When you look at your to-do list, does it fill you with a sense of dread that sends your blood pressure rising and heart racing?
If so, there’s a good chance you’re trying to accomplish too much. Unsurprisingly, this is a common issue that many of us in the modern world face, as we try to put too much on our plate and end up overdoing it.
How do you know if you’re trying to accomplish too much?
The most obvious sign that you’re trying to do too much with not enough time is that you’ll feel stressed and likely overwhelmed by everything you have to get done. If this is a common feeling for you, it might be time to re-evaluate your life and see what’s truly important and make some changes that reduce some of this stress.
We all want to get as much done in a day as possible but when we pile on the pressure, only bad will come of it.
The main problem with trying to accomplish too much at once is that you end up doing nothing at all, because your time is spread out trying to achieve it all, and all you end up with is a serious case of stress.
If you suspect that you might be trying to accomplish too much, we’ve got some signs to look out for that can tell you if you’re correct.
Once you’ve established that it’s time to cut back a bit, we have some easy and actionable tips that can make life more manageable and enjoyable for you, so read on if you think you need help.
- 1 6 Signs That You’re Trying To Accomplish Too Much
- 2 How To Slow Down In Life
- 3 Related Questions
6 Signs That You’re Trying To Accomplish Too Much
According to a poll from 2018, Americans reported feeling levels of stress that haven’t been this high in a decade, and our hectic lifestyles have a lot to answer for. If you suspect you might be trying to do too much, you probably are, but check out these signs that will tell you definitely that you need to slow it down.
#1: You Feel Stressed
The most obvious sign of a stressful life is symptoms of stress which include irritability, upset stomach, headaches, inability to relax, sleep disturbances, high blood pressure, and a racing heartbeat.
If you feel that you can’t mentally and physically wind down and relax, there’s a good chance you’re stressed. Stress will reduce the concentration levels that make you less productive and can lead to further medical problems if it’s not dealt with.
#2: You’re Letting People Down
Have you ever disappointed your kids and forgot to watch their baseball game or dance recital because you were working, or missed out on a huge work meeting because you were wrapped up in meeting other goals?
If you constantly let people down and find yourself apologizing because you forgot or didn’t have time to do what you were meant to, you’ve got too much on your to-do list.
#3: A Lot Of Your Tasks Go Unfinished
You might think you’re getting a lot done when you try to accomplish too much but the reality is, most of it’s not being finished.
If you have a lot of unfinished tasks or things that were started and never completed, it’s probably because you’re trying to do too many things at once and don’t have the time or energy for all of them.
#4: You Have Trouble Relaxing
If it comes to your free time where you should be watching TV or curling up in bed with a book but all you can do is think about how you need to be getting tasks done, you’ve gone too far.
Some people have trouble taking their minds off of the jobs they should be doing or don’t even give themselves any downtime because they have too much to do, and these are the people trying to accomplish too much.
#5: You Aren’t Meeting Priorities
One huge warning sign of someone with too many responsibilities is that the most important things in your life are being ignored.
If you’re trying to accomplish so many things that you forget to eat a healthy lunch, miss out on a doctor’s appointment, or don’t get to spend time playing with your kids, then you’re definitely doing too much.
#6: You’re Missing Out On Opportunities
When all of your time is spent on your current list of jobs, you don’t leave yourself open for opportunities that can be truly worthwhile and rewarding.
If you find yourself missing out on things you wanted to do or forgetting to respond to invitations and events, you have too much on your plate as it is and need to free up room to try new and exciting things.
How To Slow Down In Life
Once you’ve faced the facts and realized that you are trying to accomplish too much, the hard work is done.
Now, you have to slow down and figure out how to fix it. Try these tips to adjust how much you try to achieve so you can have realistic goals that let you enjoy life while also getting things down.
- Make a list of priorities and goals: Write down the three most important things to you, whether it’s family, career, money, health, or anything else. When taking on a new role ask if it’s essential to your top priorities and if not, you can probably put it on the backburner.
- Keep a realistic calendar: Keep a calendar with appointments so you can see how much free time you have in a week. Before saying yes to something, check to see if it’s going to work without putting a strain on your time.
- Set time for yourself: In your calendar, have some time set aside each week to do nothing. You should be enjoying yourself, relaxing, reading, playing with your kids, or anything that’s not goal orientated.
Trying to accomplish too much is a common mistake most of us make, and more than just the growing responsibilities we have as adults, it’s about knowing how to say no sometimes.
If you’re trying to reduce the stress in your life, check out the answers to some FAQs that can help you figure out if you have too much on your plate.
How Many Goals Should You Have At Once?
It’s great to have a lot of things you want to achieve in life, but there’s no point in trying to achieve them all at once.
To ensure you reach your goals, it’s best to have no more than three at once you’re working towards, and not all of them should be massive and lifechanging events you want to make happen.
How Much Free Time Should You Have A Week?
After you’re done with work, study, family, health, appointments, and household business, you should be left with at least six or seven hours a week of free time to do as you please.
During this time, try not to be actively working towards goals, but rather using it for things like reading, exercising, watching TV, or taking a nap.