Saturday, March 31, 2012

Video: The Problem of Too Many Commitments

By Diana Hsieh

In Sunday's Philosophy in Action Webcast, I discussed overcommitment in projects. The question was:

How can I manage my projects better? Too often, I'm overwhelmed by the sheer volume of projects on my agenda. Because I'm overcommitted, I'll miss important deadlines or allow some projects to be delayed into oblivion. Other times, my work is rushed and sloppy. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed that I become paralyzed, and then I don't get any work done. What can I do to manage my various work and home projects better, so that I keep making progress on what really matters to me?
My answer, in brief:
If you tend to take on more projects than you can manage well, then you need to work on being more realistic and more selective. Otherwise, you're just making false promises.
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