It’s the last day of March, and this means that we are heading into the 2nd quarter of the year. Unreal how fast time flies.
One of the biggest things that I’ve learned from Quarter 1 is the importance of not having too many things on your plate. Toward the end of last year, I made it a point to start saying ‘No’ to a few volunteer positions and groups that I had been a part of.
The reason being - I was stressed.
Having an overloaded plate is natural for people our age, and especially for people who are just out of college. It is understandable if you are wanting make a splash, move forward quickly, and gain the ever so coveted “EXPERIENCE” that so many job positions ask for. However, once you start progressing in ALL of those tasks, then more is asked of you.
WARNING: Know when to start taking things off of your plate.
Experience can be more valuable when you are accomplishing ‘less’ things at GREATER quality. Your plate will naturally get more and more full as you show your worth in your full time job, as you go from an at-large board member to a VP, and as you show that you get things done. But, if you start taking on more responsibility at ALL of the things you are doing, then you start letting people (or yourself) down.
As part of the generation that wants instant gratification, this is a hard concept to grasp, but it is one that is necessary. HECK YES you always need to push forward as quick as you can, but remember not to get too frustrated at things that take longer than you hoped.
What have you gotten accomplished during Quarter 1 of 2014? Would love to hear from you!