We have a tendency to do so. This tendency does not come from an innate desire to be as busy as we are, but rather the expectation that we should. It quickly becomes a badge of honour to claim that we are so busy, so involved, so committed.
All of these traits and decisions are wonderful. Until they aren’t.
Over-commitment entails that we have passed our saturation point. We are not capable of absorbing more responsibility. Our focus dilutes, quality and time management decline.
We damage not only the projects that tipped the scale. No, usually, over-commitment has a disbelief lag. We function in denial just long enough to keep us trying. We try our best to keep it all together, but we drop balls on everything.
The feather that broke the camel’s back caused the entire load to go undelivered.
Best to finish and replace. Walk twice if you must.