October 13 Day 584: Overcommitted

I said yes to too many things. The next 3.5 weeks are going to be interesting.

I really tried to say no. Honestly, I did. And I did say no…to some things. However, some commitments were made far in advance, others were just too good to decline, and still others were important for transparency, community, or appreciation of others.

I am not complaining. In fact I feel surprisingly calm.

I am resisting inventorying my commitments for you because that might turn my reflection into a contest of who has more to do. I’m pretty sure you have too much on your plate as well. An overwhelming list with imminent deadlines isn’t a badge of honor. We don’t need to compare.

I know I have overpromised. And acknowledging that is liberating.

I refuse to stay up late into the night just to meet a deadline. So what if its not the highest quality I am capable of? So what if I miss a self-imposed deadline? It will get done. It will be good enough. And that is still pretty darned good.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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