5 Signs You May Be Overextending Yourself Too Much

by Jenna Crawford October 23, 2017

5 Signs You May Be Overextending Yourself Too Much

You say, “I don’t have time to get it all done.” And you could be right. You may not have enough time to do everything you have in front of you. If you are taking on too much work and aren’t saying NO when you should, you will overload yourself to the point of failure.

Working too much can reduce your productivity, sap your energy, and leave you helpless, cynical, and resentful. You may read this and think, “It’s not THAT bad for me.” However, most of this burnout starts when we start to feel bored, overloaded or unappreciated. It starts when you feel like you’re juggling a bunch of balls in the air, but no one is noticing, or no one is really caring. If it feels like this all the time, then you’re working way too much.

Here are 5 signs you may be overextending yourself too much:

1. Forgetting Tasks And Not Getting to Your Priorities

One of the first signs of too many tasks is that you start forgetting them. A good to-do list will help, but you can only keep track of so many to-dos at once.

If your day is spent chasing the menial and doing the unimportant, you will never get to top tasks. When you have too much to do is when you start doing the unimportant at the cost of your priorities.

2. You're Constantly Surrounded By Drama

Have you ever noticed that — because you're so friendly and easygoing — you find yourself consumed by everyone else's drama? Yeah, this is a surefire sign you're giving too much of yourself to others. 

You might think that while you're busy helping others, you're avoiding your own drama, but you still get sucked into it all and it affects you. It's time to admit it.

3. You Don’t Have One Free Minute In Your Calendar

Since you once in a while say “no” to anybody, you’re frequently left without time to would what you like to do too much of yourself to others.

Rather, you’re over-dedicated, promising to do this, that, and the other thing for loved ones since you would prefer not to disappoint anybody or disillusion those who’ve come to rely on your sacrificial nature. Be that as it may, by overextending yourself you’re setting yourself up for expanded anxiety.

4. You're Drained At The End Of Every Single Day

You feel drained because you're constantly worried about something or someone, even if the issue at hand doesn't impact you directly. Your kindheartedness makes you empathetic to a fault and you have great difficulty distancing yourself from your own thoughts most of the time.

5. You Can’t Recollect The Last Time You Loose

No issue how frequently you remind yourself to make a stride back and unwind for the duration of the day, you essentially can’t disregard your “obligation” to others. You feel as though you are part in two, torn between watching over those you adore and administering to yourself, which just expands your nervousness. Despite the fact that you know you have personal enjoy a bit of “personal” time, you can’t clear your head in light of the fact that your inner voice continues letting you know there’s work to be finished.


Despite the fact that helping people can make you feel important and worthwhile, it also leaves you exhausted — both mentally and emotionally. This can impact your physical health as well. If any of these signs is true for you, it's time to reevaluate how much you're giving to others and how much you're keeping for yourself. In this post, I shared with you 5 signs you may be overextending yourself too much.

Jenna Crawford


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