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Caught Up at Work ?
In HBR July 2018. Title; You’re Never Going to Be Caught Up at Work. Stop Feeling Guilty About it. A quote from the article; "Recognize that failing to get some work completed does not make you a bad person. It just makes you a person." Do you agree with this?
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I do agree. In fact, it may be a good thing if you have some work still pending - could mean that you are challenging/stretching yourself. You need to evaluate whether it is stretching or laziness :-)
Absolutely - especially if the work not completed was low value. Saying "no" to certain requests is the only way to ensure that high value work gets done.

Yes, but sadly, we often associate ability with results, instead of taking into account of one's diligent effort.
Not only does it not make you a bad person, it makes you a person who is stretching their capabilities. If you always get everything done on time, it might indicate you are not being challenged. If you set stretch goals to do more than you know how to complete on time, you are then challenged to figure out how to be more efficient and get it all done. You might not complete all you set out to do, but you will probably complete more than if you didn't accept any risk at all.

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"All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income."

- Samuel Butler