Avoid surplus of responsibilities

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When it comes to holding a high level of personal responsibility and accountability, better known to many college students as “adulting,” we are sometimes taught it is best to say “yes” to every task thrown our way and maintain a workaholic lifestyle, but in reality the best answer is “no.”

There is a difference between overachieving and overworking, but it seems that some people tend to forget this and associate the two as
synonyms.

Some claim that taking on large amounts of work and projects builds character and develops good workers into great leaders, but the undesirable added side effect is stress.

Stress on the body can be grueling, so imagine the stress placed on the mind when there are a million and one tasks to accomplish and only time for half of those to be completed at an acceptable level.

When schedules get busy, there is a point at which quality has to be valued over quantity in order for any work to be considered valuable.

Being busy and taking on one too many projects can be detrimental on your mental health, as well as the people relying on you to get the job done in a timely manner and at a certain standard.

The solution to this problem of overworking and undertaking too much work is as simple as one word: “no.” Unless contractually obligated, there is no need to say “yes” to every request for chores and tasks to be done.

Time management is preached in most classes, but it is often the first concept to be thrown out of the window for a pressured life filled with procrastination.

Organizing a schedule is the first step to freedom from being a yeasayer, and still allows for a person to  enjoy the college years before “adulting” becomes a daily task.

Even if working nonstop is “fun,”  at some point the point of no return will be reached.

This point of no return is better known as burning out and will always result in a life crisis filled with dumbfounded realizations that can make someone reconsider that “all yes, all the time” outlook.

This is not to say that everything that gives structure in life must be abandoned, but rather self-value and quality of work should be held to a higher standard than constant “yeses” to every offered task.

About Randy Plavajka

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