By heatherericksonauthor.comThe Erickson Family

Eliminate One Obligation to Avoid Burnout

Eliminate One Obligation

Do you feel like you are spread a bit thin? When you look at your calendar, does it make you tired? Today, we are going to lighten that load a bit as we eliminate one obligation. An obligation could be anything you feel like you should do. This might be work-related or it could be something you feel obligated to do because you’ve always done it.

You can’t scratch everything from your schedule, but there’s always something you can. You have daily, obligations, but it’s likely those are pretty important. Monthly and annual obligations are often low impact, so they can stay as they are for now. Weekly obligations, however, make a significant impact on your life. When you eliminate one obligation a week it can make a positive difference.

Make your list

Go through the days of the week and write down all of your obligations. Include clubs and civic groups, meetings, ride shares, classes, etc. Do you bring your kid to music lessons? That goes on the list. Finally, write out a pretend schedule that covers one week. Is there anything on that list that stands out, immediately, as something that needs to be ditched? Do you have certain days that are too overwhelming and would be more manageable if you could eliminate one obligation? Is there something that isn’t as beneficial to you anymore?

Decide to eliminate one obligation

Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about it either. A little more than a decade ago, I was a single mom. Along with running an in-home daycare, I taught Wednesday night faith formation classes for young girls; I greeted visitors at the front door of the church and sang in the choir. But I was burning out, and I needed to do something about it fast. I wanted to go to church and talk with other adults in a Sunday school class rather than teach kids. So, I reclaimed my schedule. When the new volunteer schedule came up, I took myself off of it.

Rumors swirled that I was “backsliding.” I refused to feel guilty. Because I decided to simplify my schedule I was restored emotionally and spiritually. Plus, it was during the Sunday school class that I met my husband. We fell in love and got married. We eventually were able to teach adults and kids again in the future, but for that season of time, the smartest thing was for me to eliminate one obligation (or more).

A to Z Blogging ChallengeThe A to Z Blogging Challenge

Once again I will be doing double duty in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I will be sharing ways to avoid burnout, here at Facing Cancer with Grace.  At Heather Erickson Author/Writer/Speaker, I will share ways of thinking creatively, using Brainsparker’s Kickstart Course of A to Z prompts. I hope you’ll visit me at both sites.

If you are facing burnout, what obligation are you going to eliminate?

What Are Your Thoughts?

I’d love to hear in the comment section, below. I appreciate my readers as well as the writing community. To show that appreciation, I use Comment Luv. Just leave a comment below and your latest post will get a link next to it. Thank you!

Now Available!!facing cancer as a parent

Facing Cancer as a Parent: Helping Your Children Cope with Your Cancer


In 2012 doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan, with stage IV lung cancer. Since then, our family has been learning what it means to face cancer. I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace.

My book Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone Who Has Cancer, is available on

Also, check out Facing Cancer as a Parent: Helping Your Children Cope with Your Cancer.

Also, put your memories into words with The Memory Maker’s Journal.

I also blog at Heather Erickson Author/Writer/Speaker

Have any questions or comments? I would love to hear from you! By commenting, you agree to the terms of my privacy policy.

3 comments on “Eliminate One Obligation to Avoid Burnout

Very wise! Learning to say no was a hard job for me, I like to take on way too any obligations…

The Multicolored Diary


Hi Tarkabarka. I too have a hard time saying no. But, one of the things I’ve learned is that I would rather say “no,” than say “yes,” and then disappoint someone because I can’t deliver on my promise. It’s this that helps me when it’s tempting to say no despite a stuffed schedule.

Comments are closed for this post !!
A to Z Challenge Survivor



Facing Cancer as a Parent Book Cover

Get the Memory Maker’s Journal

Facing Cancer as a Friend!