Friday, July 28, 2006

Too Much

I have this problem. I just can't say NO.

This means I take on way too much.

I am in the Indian Dance group at school, and we are practising for a concert next Friday, so we are at it every lunchtime - last week, this week, and next week, getting the dance perfect.

Now the music teacher has asked me to take the choir, as the previous person can't come in during the school day as he is at university. They are singing at the concert on Friday too, so it's not really out of my way, but I really feel underqualified. I mean, I can sightread and sing just fine - I've been in choirs since age 9 - but I can't play a piano part with more than one line, and I've NEVER conducted before! I'm pretty sure that there is a lot more to it than just waving your hands in time.

At least I told her I would only do it this term as a trial.


Not Kate said...

Just say 'NO', Fishy!

Schools are like leeches and you can let em drain you :) You already do more than your share of extra-curricular plus you're a dean.

If you even hesitate, people latch on and make it sound like it'll be no big deal and you'll do GREAT.......

I have become excellent at steamlining stuff and saying no (I am not coaching a team this season and am getting kids to do all the work for the magazine :)....hopefully).

Carol Mansfield said...

Learn this speech....

Mmmm sounds interesting, can I get back to you by (end of day/tomorrow/whatever).

Gives you time to properly consider without having to make a snap decision. Think about what's important to you and don't loose sight of that.

I agree with notkate, you do so much already, don't feel you are letting people down. Someone else will do it.