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There are two ways in which you can overextend yourself. You can take on more work than you are reasonably capable of performing; or you can take on work which is beyond your capabilities. Both of these can overtax your energy, cause you to become frustrated, and result in your becoming very discouraged. They also result in becoming less productive.
You may know someone who is a workaholic. He may be finding some aspect of his job to be doing long after he has left the workplace. He may feel that there is always a little something more that he needs to do, many hours after he has left work. This person may feel that no job will get done, or will not get done correctly, unless he himself is doing it.
If you are this person, now is a good time to assess your habits of overextending yourself. While you surely want to be conscientious and complete everything that is your responsibility, overextending yourself will not make you more productive. It may have the exact opposite effect.
Overextending yourself on a regular basis will wear you out, burn you out, and wreak havoc with your health. Allowing yourself to get into this condition can affect your ability to concentrate and focus properly. You may begin making unnecessary errors, or become forgetful. You will not get nearly as much done as you had hoped.
You can resist overextending yourself by being reasonable about both your abilities and your time. Even if you are working on a very important project, you cannot put “24/7” into it and expect it to turn out well. You need to take a reasonable amount of time for rest, eating and exercise, and even some recreation, in order to be in prime condition for doing the job.
Overextending yourself by attempting to do a job that is beyond your capabilities can also backfire. If you are not fully qualified to do it, it will not turn out well. Instead of overextending yourself with something which you know you cannot do, it is better to leave it to someone who really is qualified to complete it correctly.
Becoming discouraged about your job does not need to happen. If you make a point of not overextending yourself, you will be more productive than if you try to take on everything by yourself.
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