Verb of the Week - Overload

Verb of the Week - Overload

By Donna Ambler on 10 September 2014

While overload is usually a term you think about when stacking or loading something, this week it's exactly how I feel. I have overloaded myself with work and volunteer commitments - yet again!

I usually always bite off more than I can chew and I have trouble saying no. I'm one of those busy people who is on all the committees going - the kind of person you think of when you recall the line by American philosopher and writer Elbert Hubbard, who wrote: "If you want something done, ask a busy man, for the other kind has no time."
It has been revised to reflect current trends by changing "man" to "person" - but the meaning remains the same.

 

While overload is usually a term you think about when stacking or loading something, this week it's exactly how I feel. I have overloaded myself with work and volunteer commitments - yet again!

I usually always bite off more than I can chew and I have trouble saying no. I'm one of those busy people who is on all the committees going - the kind of person you think of when you recall the line by American philosopher and writer Elbert Hubbard, who wrote: "If you want something done, ask a busy man, for the other kind has no time."
It has been revised to reflect current trends by changing "man" to "person" - but the meaning remains the same.

In lighter moments, I try to reflect on the iconic XXXX ad of the 1980s when a ute loaded up with cans of beer suffers from overload. "Looks like we've overdone it with the sherry" was the response of the laid back beer drinker. That thought usually helps me forget either bursting into tears or comtemplating when to vomit.

This sensation of overload is about stress, overwork and juggling too many commitments. It is reflected in the Oxford Dictionary definition:

  1. Load with too great a burden or cargo
  2. Give excessive work, responsibility, or information to
  3. Put too great a demand on (an electrical system).

So this week, the demands are too great, there is too much work and the burden is overwhelming. Situation normal really!

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