Taking On Too Much At Once: How To Best Manage Your Time

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Do you ever get that overwhelming feeling that you are simply taking on too much at once? It’s almost as if no matter how hard you try to stay caught up, you are constantly falling further and further behind? 

Given how fast the world around us is moving, it’s incredibly common to feel overwhelmed. We are living in a time where we have access to almost anything and everything at the tips of our very fingers. We are easier to get ahold of, information has never been more accessible to obtain, and we have fallen into the trap of never being able to turn down an opportunity. 

Taking on too much at once.

I absolutely love my job. There are so many amazing people that I work with, the work itself is incredibly rewarding, and the job comes with many different perks and benefits. One of those benefits is free education. Any employee of the university can get a free undergraduate degree, a free masters, and/or even a free doctorate degree if they are truly bold enough.

Already having completed my bachelor’s degree, I now have the opportunity where I can continue my education and receive a master’s degree. But despite working for the university for a few months, I still haven’t taken advantage of this. 

I have been asked by both those closest to me as well as some of the students that I talk to on a daily basis as to why I’m waiting and what I am hesitant of.

At first, I didn’t really know how to answer because I hadn’t really thought too much about it. I have a good daily routine going, I have been making progress in other areas of my life, and quite simply, I just don’t feel like right now is the best time. 

Part of me used to think that it was my fears that were holding me back, but it’s not. What’s really stopping me from continuing my education is the fact that I would simply be taking on too much at once. I would not be able to give my all to my education, and if I did start, it would also take away time from other areas of my life as well. 

Focusing on fewer tasks.

All too often, we find ourselves overly committing to a wide variety of tasks. We start the day with only a few important tasks to accomplish, but because of our inability to say no, we simply take on more than we can handle. When the end of the day rolls around, we look back wondering where time has gone as we still have so much left to do.

What we fail to realize is that when we spread ourselves thin and take on too much at one time, we are never able to give our best effort or achieve our full potential with any given task. 

I can say that this is definitely the case in my life. It’s almost as if I pride myself on having a jampacked schedule. Well, that and I hate sitting still.

What I have come to realize recently is that in having a packed schedule, it’s far more difficult for me to reach my full potential and to make substantial progress in any one area because my attention and focus are simultaneously being consumed by all of the other things that I have going on.

I guess this is why I am hesitant about going back to school right now. If I am going to go back to devote over two years of my life towards continuing my education, I am going to do it the right way and be fully invested in learning as much as I possibly can.

Growing up, I never had the desire to learn as I do now. I got through school, but it was never a priority of mine like it should have been. That is why if I am going to go back and get a master’s degree, I want to ensure that my education has my full and undivided attention. I don’t want to look back and know that I did the bare minimum to get through. I want to fully embrace it and take in as much as I possibly could.

Right now, that just simply wouldn’t be the case. 

Sometimes less is more.

This isn’t to say that I am never going to go back to school. In fact, I plan on doing so within the next six months… hopefully. Right now though, I just wouldn’t be able to take full advantage of my learning, and I feel as if I would simply be taking on too much at once. 

Sometimes, less is more, and this is something that I am having to realize. If you truly want to be the best that you can be, then you need to learn to slow your life down a little bit, to start saying no to some of the things that don’t necessarily benefit you, and to start focusing on less so that you can give more effort to the things that matter to you the most. 

Actually, we all need to do this. If we want to be our best, then we need to give our best. That isn’t going to come if we are focusing on multiple different areas of life instead of focusing primarily on one. It will come from finding balance and prioritizing what’s truly most important to you.


If you find yourself with too much to do and not enough time, maybe it’s time to take a step back and lessen your workload. Don’t take on any additional and unnecessary stress. Do only what matters and what’s going to help get you from where you are now to where you want to be. 

We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Success isn’t measured by the number of tasks that fill these hours, and it doesn’t come from taking on too much at once. It’s measured by our discipline and how productive we are with the time that we have, and it comes when we learn to maximize our time to achieve the goals that we have for ourselves.

Michael Bonnell

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