One of the hazards of retirement, or semi-retirement, is having time. Don’t get me wrong, it can be a blessing but there are eyes that are watching you when you have time!
Those eyes convince you that you are available and have time to fit in a volunteer role, then another, then another………………. until you have no time to fit in the things you want to do!
It is interesting, especially if you really want to give back, how quickly you can become overburdened and take on too much. The old saying, “If you want a job done, give it to a busy person” comes with a price if one is not careful.
When I was working corporately, I could tell how stressed I had been by the interesting errors I was discovering in my work. Unfortunately it was not noticed as it happened, only after the fact!
Again I am in the position of finding myself spread too thin. I missed a luncheon the other day and a meeting yesterday because I had forgotten to put them into my calendar. I need to step back and reassess how I might lessen the load for myself and still do the things I love to do.
Knowing the signs of overwork, whether paid or volunteer, is important not only for your health but the sanity at times of family! Being able to step away when you start to feel overwhelmed, alter your reality, and take care of yourself will safeguard your health and that of those close to you.
As a friend often tells me, the word “No!” is a complete sentence!
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