It's never a bad thing to recognize that you can't take on any more projects. My daughter made me realize this the other day and it's really stuck with me so I wanted to share it with you.
My daughter, Amanda, is finishing up RN school and she wanted to take on a part-time job for extra cash while she finishes up. She has two daughters, an 8 year old and a year and a half old. Her days are pretty full. We needed someone to take on a little overflow work that would amount to a few hours a week. Amanda said she would like to do that and thought it would work fine with her school. She then got offered a job at a doctor's office part-time. Of course she took it because that's her chosen field and it's great experience.
I called Amanda the next week to see what she had decided to do about working a few hours a week for us. She said she still wanted to, but didn't know if she would have the time because of school and work and kids and all that stuff. I told her I understood and then she said what keeps echoing in my mind...In my mind I can do it all. Wow, she sure is my daughter.
That's me. In my mind I can do everything, but in reality, I just can't. And that's okay. It's much better to recognize I can't do it all before I take it all on and put myself in a very stressful situation. My tip of the day is to know your limits and stick to them. It's never a good idea to put yourself or others in a stressful situation that could have been avoided by just saying no.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.