The key to be productive at work is to have rough goals for the day. It helps in knowing what are your going out to achieve and also to measure your progress. However, most of us have issues keeping up with the day’s goal and often end the day with spill overs and demotivated. While there might be so many reasons for this, one of the key factor is over-commitment.
On a normal work day, we all start with a sense of goals to achieve. However, as the day progresses many small and big new items trickle down into our plates. As I have said earlier, the smart one’s are those who are ready to take in more and have the capacity to do so. Here however, it is very important to maintain the separation between being able to take in more and over-committing.
Two timely finished jobs bring in much more value than 10 half finished one’s.
Everyone of us is aware of this, and yet we all at some point over-commit. But why do we do so? Its not us, but rather the Superman that we all have within. He is the one who wants to please everyone. He is the one who says I can do everything today. However, over-commitment in work and trying to be the superman, does not always comes back with the best results.
I generally follow some ground rules, which help me keep the superman within me tame-
Always remember, its always better to Under-Commit and Over-Deliver, than the other way round!