The cost of over-committing.


Have you ever planned things when you’re in a “good mood” and then suddenly the time comes and you’re thinking…”Why did I even agree to this?”

For me, it happens way too often.

I’m sure that others have been in the same boat as well. 

There are times when we say “YES.” When we should’ve said “NO.”

I know that some may feel that it’s rude or mean. Maybe you think that you’ll lose friends. Perhaps you will not be proven to be the great person that you believe everyone perceives you as.

But at the end of the day, your energy matters.

Let’s take a look at the word Overcommit…

Overcommit-to commit excessively: such as

ato obligate (someone, such as oneself) beyond the ability for fulfillment

bto allocate (resources) in excess of the capacity for replenishment

In other words, you’re sacrificing time and energy that you don’t necessarily have to give. 


A helpful way to overcome situations as such would be to add your task to a list or calendar. This method can help you to be more organized and avoid overlapping or overbooking anything into your schedule.

When you find yourself overcommitting to a person or group, it is best to directly explain to them how this will not work for your schedule at the time being.

If they do not understand, maybe it just was not in the cards for you to work with that particular individual.

At this point, we need to focus and work on maintaining healthy boundaries for ourselves. 

We do not want to burn ourselves out by committing to responsibilities that we clearly should not have taken on.

It is okay to say no to things.

Sometimes it is the better option.



“Overcommit.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, 

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