All-you-can-eat With a Side of Over-commitment!


Ever been at one of those all-you-can eat buffets in Las Vegas? My favorite are the ones with the crab legs. Yum! How many times do you come back to the table with just a third of your plate filled? Seriously, if you’re eating at the all-you-can-eat buffet, that’s in fact what you’re going to do!

Our lives kind of resemble an all-you-can-eat buffet. We add portions (little and big) of everything we can fit on our plate. And once we’re done with the first helping, we go back for more! We want a taste of it all. It all looks good, it all smells good, and by golly, we just paid for all-you-can-eat and our time is limited!

I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off the other day. No joke! It was only when a good friend of mine finally said, “You seem really busy, what all do you have on your plate?” that I actually took a minute to think about it. My first response was: “Not much, just a few things here and there.” Typical response I’m realizing when you’re too overwhelmed (and over committed.) I started to rattle off a few things I had on my plate: Upcoming workshop, potential client meeting, networking lunch….times (2) this week, accountability meeting, business coaching, writing for my blog, writing for my newsletter…

Then I paused for a moment….this didn’t even begin to touch on the things I had committed to outside my business: Neighborhood Watch block captain, Registration Chairperson for the neighborhood Swim Team, PTA Carnival Committee, neighborhood Yard Sale coordinator, being mom, being a wife, finding time for myself, training for my next running races…

Okay, so maybe I don’t win the award for “Most Hectic Schedule”, but taking a look at my own commitments I quickly realized that however little “servings” they seemed at the time, you can quickly fill up your plate. Yes, you can reach for a second plate in hopes that it will help with the overflow, but the reality is that it’s our nature to bite off more than you can chew. I honestly can’t remember the last time I visited an all-you-can-eat buffet and actually finished what I originally put on my FIRST plate!

So before I load my plate up with another side of “over-commitment” I think I’ll take a step back to evaluate the true benefit of what I’m about to commit to. If it is important enough to take on, well then it might be time to skip a side of something else. Are you guilty of the all-you-can-eat way of life?

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