Scary title, Huh? Those of you who know me know I have a helping spirit. There is nothing wrong with that and the world benefits from people who do. But you can take anything to an extreme.
Every once in awhile I have to remember that every problem out there isn’t there for Julie (if you tend to be like me, insert your name here) to try to solve. If you do that all the time, the work you need to be doing will not get done because you are out trying to solve the world’s problems.
You can get sidetracked real easily in real life and even more so if you have an active online presence. You will find that you want to help this person or that person, answer this question or follow up on that topic or issue but you can only do so much.
Pick your spots, so to speak.
You don’t have to eliminate every outreach or helping task. The basic principles of a network are that you do want to give to build networking relationships but to be able to get your own work done whether it is working on a job search or career change, a job you presently hold or even your work around the house, you need to set limits so you can work on your own goals and move forward.
Ask yourself when you are tempted to jump in to help, should I let this one go? Should you say, “Not My Problem,” now and then? Make sense?