Some people can always get the job done. It seems they’re everywhere doing everything, and if they’re around, the end goal can be pretty much guaranteed. You probably know someone like this. You might just be someone like this.
We need dreamers and completers, brainstormers and implementers. If you fall into the latter category, know that things get done thanks to you. And that’s a good thing.
But, there are also times when your quest to accomplish and complete might also be your downfall because it can be hard to know when to stop. One more task. One more step of progress. One more checked box. But each “one more” leads to another and another until you’ve exhausted yourself to the point that illness forces you to stop.
Signs You’re Overdoing It
Attentiveness can be our greatest ally when fighting almost any battle. By simply paying attention to your body and to a few warning signs, you can recognize when you’ve taken on too much and need to re-evaluate.
You’re not sleeping 7-9 hours per night.
I know, you probably feel like you can get by on less, but more and more research indicates that this is untrue. If your nights are growing shorter, your work will correspondingly reduce in efficiency and quality. Choose the sleep and find the reward in improved output.
You feel chronically overwhelmed and anxious.
This is a warning sign from your body, responding to the fact that you’re not taking care of yourself. The higher your sense of anxiety, the more poorly you will perform. One of the best antidotes for anxiety is to force yourself to play. Do something just for the fun of it, even if just for an hour, walking completely away from the to-do list. It may seem counterproductive at first, but stick with it. It will help!
You’re easily frustrated and can be short with those around you.
You probably even sense, deep down, that your frustration has an irrational bend to it. Again, it’s time to step away for a bit. Exercise is a great way to release frustration. This may be a walk or run, a visit to the gym, or a sport. Find a form of physical activity that is enjoyable to you.
Your level of happiness has declined.
If your mood is persistently negative, then it’s time to recognize that something isn’t working. Take some time to seriously consider your investments and eliminate activities and/or set boundaries to protect your mental and emotional health.
Your physical health is declining.
This is a pretty advanced warning sign. The best case scenario is that you’re in store for a nasty cold that will have you down and out for a few days. But, we all know of someone whose stress has led to a heart attack or stroke, some even at a very young age. If your health is declining, then it’s time to not just step away for an hour of fun or exercise. Instead, it’s time to make major changes to your overall pattern and flow of life.
The world needs your achieving spirit. But, if you are not taking care of yourself, then your achievement will falter and be less than your best. Are you an achiever? Take our Planner Personality Quiz to find out!