Day 28: How Overcommitment Can Lead to Burnout

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Can God Save Me? The question of whether or not God can save someone from content creator burnout, is a deeply personal and spiritual matter.


  • 1 4oz lightly cooked salmon filet
  • 16oz water + 1tbsp Chia seeds
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 4oz cup of shredded zucchini
  • 1 40z cup of shredded yellow squash
  • 4 beef meatballs
  • Fasting – No Food, Water Only
  • Fasting – No Food, Water Only
  • Fasting – No Food, Water Only
  • Fasting – No Food, Water Only


  • I am reading the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown and he talks about a CEO who said yes to many requests without really thinking about it. And then he goes on to explain how his stress went up as the quality of his work went down. The book is full of wisdom nuggets like this that make me stop and think – “Hey, that’s me.” Today I will say “yes” to only the things that only I can do, and say no to everything else.

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I’m wrapping up a course on How to Market using Your About Us page on your website. I will be teaching two classes this afternoon covering that topic with two different audiences. The challenge is in explaining why each element is important to an About Us page.



My interactions today with other people were a stretch outside my comfort zone. There are a couple of people in our network who have asked for help and words of encouragement. Today I took a few minutes to text words of encouragement and send memes of humor on the subjects they are focusing on. I’m hoping it was a moment of hope in an otherwise busy day.

Business Progress


I went to bed last night, probably the first time in my adult life, when I was not physically exhausted – I went to bed because it was early – and the right thing to do. I fell asleep almost immediately and slept soundly through the night until the alarm rang this morning.

Content creators often face the challenge of overcommitment and difficulty in saying no to new projects. This is a common issue in many creative and entrepreneurial fields. The desire to seize every opportunity can be strong, especially in a competitive landscape where creators may fear missing out on a chance that could lead to greater exposure, more followers, or a significant payday. Here are several reasons behind these struggles:

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

Content creators may worry that turning down a project could mean missing out on an opportunity that would not come around again. This can lead to saying yes to too many projects.

Financial Pressure: For many creators, each project can represent a significant portion of their income. The need to maintain or increase earnings can push them to take on more work than they can handle.

Building Relationships: Saying yes to projects can be seen as a way to build and maintain relationships with brands, sponsors, and collaborators. Content creators may fear that saying no could damage these relationships.

Personal Expectations: Creators often set high expectations for themselves and may struggle with imposter syndrome, pushing them to take on more to prove their worth.

Audience Demands: As audiences expect regular content, creators might feel pressured to keep producing work at a pace that is not sustainable to maintain engagement.

Passion for Work: Sometimes, the passion for their work and excitement for new ideas can cloud creators’ judgment about their capacity, leading to over-commitment.

  1. Lack of Business Training: Many content creators are self-taught and may not have formal training in business or project management, which can lead to challenges in scheduling, workload management, and the ability to assess the scope of a project realistically.

The consequences of overcommitment can include burnout, decreased quality of work, strained relationships, and mental health struggles. Content creators can benefit from setting clear boundaries, improving their time management skills, learning to delegate, and regularly assessing their workload to ensure it remains manageable. It’s also important for them to recognize the value of their work so that they can feel more comfortable saying no when necessary.

Overcoming and managing overcommitment requires both proactive strategies and reactive adjustments. Here are some methods content creators, and professionals in general, can use to handle overcommitment:

  1. Prioritization: Clearly define what’s most important to you and your career. Use tools like the Eisenhower Matrix to prioritize tasks by urgency and importance.
  2. Realistic Time Assessment: Get better at estimating how long tasks will take and then add a buffer for unexpected delays. Overestimation of personal bandwidth is a common pitfall.
  3. Setting Boundaries: Learn to say no. This can be difficult, especially at first, but it’s crucial for managing your workload and stress levels. Practice different ways of saying no gracefully.
  4. Delegation: If possible, outsource or delegate tasks that don’t require your specific expertise. This can free up your time for high-priority projects.
  5. Time Management: Adopt time management techniques such as the Pomodoro Technique, time blocking, or the use of project management tools like Trello or Asana.
  6. Communicate Transparently: If you’re nearing overcommitment, communicate with your clients or collaborators about realistic timelines and potential delays.
  7. Regular Reviews: Regularly review your commitments to assess what’s working and what isn’t. This can help you identify if you’re overcommitted and why.
  8. Self-Care: Ensure that you allocate time for rest and activities that recharge you. Overcommitment often leads to burnout, so self-care is essential.
  9. Learn to Renegotiate: If you find yourself overcommitted, it’s okay to renegotiate deadlines and expectations with clients or collaborators.
  10. Focus on Your Goals: Always consider how each commitment aligns with your long-term goals. If a project doesn’t serve your objectives, it’s okay to turn it down.
  11. Schedule Downtime: Actively schedule downtime just as you would a meeting. This ensures that you have time to relax and prevents you from overbooking yourself.
  12. Ask for Help: Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice from others who have managed similar issues.
  13. Track Your Work: Keep a log of how you spend your time. This data can be eye-opening and can help you make informed decisions about which commitments to keep and which to let go of.

By implementing these strategies, content creators can better manage their workload, reduce stress, and maintain a healthier work-life balance. It’s about finding the right mix of time management, assertiveness, and planning to ensure that commitments enhance, rather than hinder, professional growth and personal well-being.

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Recommended Resources:

The New Tape – 8 Hours of Positive Reprogramming While You Sleep
Intermittent Fasting’s Darkest Secret
What to Say When You Talk to Yourself
Negative Self-Talk and How to Change It
The Self-Talk Workout: Six Science-Backed Strategies to Dissolve Self-Criticism and Transform the Voice in Your Head
365 Days of Positive Self-Talk
The Power of Positive Self-Talk
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My Journey Back

Today’s Body:



7.00 Hours | Min


112 oz.




Calories In


Calories Burned

Cal Burned:



145 lbs


18.10 Hours | Min


On a scale of 1 – to 10 – I was a 10 all day.



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