It's easy to fall into the trap of wanting to get too much done for too many people. If you've overextended yourself, craft an exit strategy to smoothly renegotiate your commitments.
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It's stressful to realise that you've overextended yourself and you won't be able to commit yourself to all the projects you're involved in — especially without an extra eight hours in the day. Rather than burn bridges by just dropping the projects cold turkey you need to craft an exit strategy. At the organisation blog Unclutterer they've put together a guide to reducing and renegotiating your commitments including how to bail on them gracefully.
Create a detailed exit strategy. Similar to planning any project, you'll need a roadmap for where you're going that is complete with action items and milestones. Want to get off a committee at your daughter's school? Your plan for how that will happen might look like: 1. Complete all current work assigned to you, 2. Find a replacement committee member or alternative method for getting the work done in the future, 3. Craft your resignation note, 4. Buck up and resign, but be gracious (a small gift of appreciation for the committee chair might be in order).
Everyone understands how scarce time is and how over-scheduled most of us are. If you drop the commitment without smoothing things over first, making it easier on the people you've committed your time and energy to, they'll remember that and not what a good job you did before you had to restructure your time. Check out the full article at the link below for more great tips on renegotiating commitments. Have a tip or trick of your own to share? Let's hear about it in the comments.