Taking on more responsibility is part of growing up – but it’s possible to take on too much. Whether it’s too much work or too much responsibility at home, it’s important to know when you’ve got too much on your plate so that you can delegate and share the load. Here are just a few signs that you could be taking on too much responsibility.
You always say ‘yes’ to helping others – but always say ‘no’ when offered help
Life is about giving and taking. If you’re constantly doing favors and tasks for other people, it’s only fair that you accept help from others too. If you’re not getting this balance, you’re probably taking on too much responsibility. Some people genuinely enjoy helping others and in the case of a job you may see saying ‘yes’ to your boss as part of your job description. However, there are times when you do need to say ‘no’ when people ask for help – some people will take advantage of you if you always say ‘yes’.
You constantly feel out of your depth
Sometimes its good to challenge oneself, but it’s important to know when you’re taking on tasks that are beyond your expertise and capability. A lot of people can feel out of their depth at work – this could be a temporary feeling as you get to grips with a new role, however if it persists it could be a sign that you’re taking on too much. Don’t be afraid to admit when you’re too far outside your capabilities. Even demoting yourself and taking a pay cut can be worth trading in for a job where you feel in control, otherwise stress and depression will start to sink in.
You have no time to yourself
It’s important that we all have free time. Some commitments cannot be avoided, but many commitments can be reduced by seeking help. If you’re caring for an elderly or disabled relative and feel you have no time to rest, consider looking into home hospice care – even if it’s just a few hours a week. Even when it comes to raising kids, it’s okay to get yourself a babysitter now and again just so that you can spend time on yourself.
You’re sacrificing sleep to get things done
If you’re regularly pulling all-nighters to finish work projects or working nights shifts to work around your kids (but not sleeping during the day), you’re clearly taking on too much. Not only that, but you could be causing serious harm to your health – lack of sleep lowers your immunity system and puts enormous pressure on the heart. To top it all off, the quality of everything you achieve whilst awake will be reduced if you’re not getting enough sleep. A good night’s rest is important for keeping you healthy and at peak performance. Reducing the responsibility could be necessary if you’re not getting more than six hours of sleep per night.