Too Much To Do? Fight the Guilt

Okay everyone, let’s acknowledge the fact that Superman and Superwoman are fictional characters. No one is perfect, and it’s okay if you don’t devote 100% of your energy into every single thing you do.

The house isn’t perfectly clean? You left things unfinished at work last night? The school bake sale is tomorrow and you forgot to make those darn brownies…again? Believe it or not, this happens to ALL of us. But for some reason we still carry around this feeling of guilt. Why exactly is that when we all know that nobody is perfect? More importantly, how do we overcome this feeling?

  • Don’t stretch yourself too thin in the first place – if you can help it. If you don’t overpromise, odds are you won’t underperform.
  • When you feel like you’re drowning, ask for help. Whether this would be from colleagues, managers, or family, don’t be afraid to turn to them for support.
  • You can’t be in two places at once, and that’s okay. So you missed a few soccer games and were late to a few meetings. Life happens, so stop being so hard on yourself!
  • Accept what you cannot change. It’s easy to hold things over your own head, but it’s not fair to yourself. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you will feel yourself letting go of all that guilt.

So please, the next time you start to feel guilty for not being able to perfectly balance your work life and your personal life, remember that you are human. The time and energy you are spending on what happened, or didn’t happen yesterday, is robbing you of the time and energy you have for today.

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