You’re Not Superwoman: 3 Reasons Overscheduling Just Makes You Fail

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By HealthVersed

It can be tempting to cram as much as possible into one day. Yet your health and well-being — as well as that of your loved ones — depends on you making wise choices. Start a search today to learn why over-scheduling is a recipe for disaster.

“Don’t burn yourself out,” is what they say. You’ve heard it from numerous family members and friends over the years. You think, “yes, of course I must be careful,” but then overburden yourself anyway. Here’s why you should stop doing that!

You Aren’t Being “Too Easy” On Yourself

If you have perfectionist tendencies, as many of us do, you probably hate the feeling of being “too easy” on yourself. You don’t want to feel you’re making excuses and not achieving what you “should be.”

Here, we’re going to argue with your perfectionist side, and prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that by over-scheduling, you’re actually achieving less, not more, in the long run. Quality and quantity both suffer.

How is this possible? Human beings are only capable of doing so much before the quality of their efforts is adversely affected. No matter how hardworking you are, if you cross the threshold of confusion and/or exhaustion, you’re decreasing your level of meaningful productivity.

1. It Affects Your Performance

Would you rather do a certain number of things really well, or lots of things at a mediocre level? Do you really want the word “mediocre” to even be in your vocabulary? Remember that the only way to ensure consistently good quality work is to avoid over-scheduling yourself.

If the whole purpose of over-scheduling yourself is to ensure advancement in your career, won’t overburdening yourself become counterproductive if it actually hurts your job performance? If the purpose is to help ensure the happiness and well-being of your loved ones, won’t over-scheduling make achieving this goal less likely?

2. It Strains Your Relationships

You should avoid over-scheduling yourself because it can cause you to miss or neglect appointments and other commitments, thus possibly causing misunderstanding, anger, and resentment from people you care about and people you work with.

This anger and resentment can cause a significant amount of further stress, thereby making burnout even more likely to happen. A vicious cycle can take over, in which you are constantly trying to compensate for what you see as your failures, but ever increasing burnout is making success less and less likely.

3. It Hurts Your Health

Even if you don’t pay enough attention to the importance of your health, remember its significance to the people you care about most. If your health takes a downturn, it will not only hurt your job performance, but adversely affect your family and friends as well.

The link between health and stress is widely known, and is being recognized by health professionals to a progressively greater extent. In addition to stress’ direct link to particular health conditions, it also exerts an overall strain on the body, making a wide variety of diseases and disorders more likely to develop.

It’s clear that any perceived (but false) rewards of over-scheduling aren’t worth the detrimental effects it can have on you, your loved ones, and your career. So take a break – you deserve it!