The Second Third, Week 13 (Belated): Overcommit

Blogger's Note: The whole idea behind these "Second Third" posts can be found here.

So I should technically be writing Week 14 of this series, which proved to be far more interesting in my head than it appears on screen. This is last week's entry — exactly a week late and, ironically enough, about the tendency I have to overcommit myself.

Several natural but unfortunate tendencies contribute to my inclination to promise more than I can deliver:

Multiply these tendencies across multiple projects and decisions per day, and you can see A) why I'm a week late on this post and have blogged almost nothing besides these "weekly" Second Third posts since I promised to do them; B) why, when I look more than a few hours ahead on any given day, I feel nauseous; and C) why I've yet to teach my children any number of things I already knew how to do when I was their age.

This cannot stand. No is such a clear and easy word; I must pronounce it more frequently. I can't blow my Second Third on ill-considered obligations I take on myself.

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