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Learning to Deal With Too Much On Your Plate?

Learning to deal with too much responsibility.Why have you got so much on your plate with so much to do and things to feel responsible for? It could be the type of work you do, the expectations of you by your leaders, the way your personality influences the amount of work that you have and the way you cope with it, or a combination of these factors.

Is more pressure being added to your life because you are a.. 

People Pleaser?

Some people have a high need to seek acceptance and love from others. This means that they are pre-occupied with making everyone around them happy. This contributes to an ever-increasing workload as they quickly take on extra tasks and responsibilities so that they don’t let anyone down.

Overall, it is admirable to want to help and serve others. However, if we don’t develop the ability to draw boundaries and say “NO!” (nicely), an increasing workload and the pressure of pleasing others will take a toll.

An Ultra Responsible Person? 

As someone who has “responsibility” as one of his top 5 strengths highlighted in the Strengths Finder online survey, I can relate to this one. People with a high degree of responsibility will often take on too much and put too much into their work as they have  very high standards.

Often, they will tend to do things themselves rather than delegate, as they feel fully responsible for anything that falls in their work area. Responsible people can also be a work magnet, as more and more people see that they will do the job well and on time and ask them to take on new things.

There is a cost to taking on too much and working too hard for too long. It can lead to stress, fatigue and sometimes burnout as responsible people often pick up the work that others are supposed to be doing.

A High Achiever?

Although people with a propensity to strive for constant high performance enjoy working hard, they can also take on too much and set unrealistic targets which can lead to feeling overwhelmed. The harder they push, the more physical and emotional energy they consume which can leave them with an empty tank. The human body is not made to work without adequate rest and recharging.

A Person Who Struggles With Anxiety

Each of us will respond to pressure in different ways. For some, even the smallest of stresses can result in feelings of being overwhelmed. Generally anxious people will find work pressures more intense.

Are there aspects of your personality that make it difficult for you to:

  • set boundaries and say “No”?
  • delegate work to others? 
  • cope with stress in general?

 Are you still working when others have all gone home? Why?

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  • MAYSA says:

    I think that applies to my personality, I should be more careful!

    • Dale Roach says:

      I believe that this is an area that many of us in leadership deal with. Putting some things aside is not always easy. Thanks for your honest response.

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