Why is it that some people have the tendency to pile too many things on their plate with so much to do and things to feel responsible for? It could be the type of work they do. It could be the expectations of them by their leaders. It could be the way their personality influences the amount of work that they have. It could be the way they cope with it or it could be a combination of these factors.
4 types of people who take on too much
(from “Why are you carrying so much?” by Steve Bagi)
1. The People Pleaser.
Some people have a high need to seek acceptance and love from others. This means that they are pre-occupied with making everyone around them happy. This contributes to an ever-increasing workload as they quickly take on extra tasks and responsibilities so that they don’t let anyone down.
Overall, it is admirable to want to help and serve others. However, if we don’t develop the ability to draw boundaries and say “NO!” (nicely), an increasing workload and the pressure of pleasing others will take a toll.
2. The Ultra Responsible Person.
People with a high degree of responsibility will often take on too much and put too much into their work as they have very high standards.
Often, they will tend to do things themselves rather than delegate, as they feel fully responsible for anything that falls in their work area. Responsible people can also be a work magnet, as more and more people see that they will do the job well and on time and ask them to take on new things.
There is a cost to taking on too much and working too hard for too long. It can lead to stress, fatigue and sometimes burnout as responsible people often pick up the work that others are supposed to be doing.
3. The High Achiever.
Although people with a propensity to strive for constant high performance enjoy working hard, they can also take on too much and set unrealistic targets which can lead to feeling overwhelmed. The harder they push, the more physical and emotional energy they consume which can leave them with an empty tank. The human body is not made to work without adequate rest and recharging.
4. People who struggle with anxiety.
Each of us will respond to pressure in different ways. For some, even the smallest of stresses can result in feelings of being overwhelmed. Generally anxious people will find work pressures more intense.
Some questions to think about:
Are there aspects of your personality that make it difficult for you to:
- set boundaries and say “No”?
- delegate work to others?
- cope with stress in general?
Are you still working when others have all gone home? Why?