The Pitfalls of Overachieving: 3 Ways to Reclaim Your Progress - Deepstash

Keep reading for FREE

The Pitfalls of Overachieving

The Pitfalls of Overachieving

Overachievers are simple people. They wake up, get to work, and never stop until they collapse.

How do I know? I was one of them.

For most of my life, I thought doing more was the only way of achieving more. So, I have always tried to give my best, never taking breaks. Do you think this behavior brought me success?

Definitely no. Na-ha. Nada.


626 reads

The Law of Diminishing Returns

The Law of Diminishing Returns

I spent most of my evenings trying to reach my goals. But my craft didn’t improve despite my efforts. On the contrary, it even got worse from time to time.

At first, I was confused. Why did I get less even if I did more?

But then, I figured it out - I trapped myself in the Law of Diminishing Returns.


528 reads

The Challenge

The Challenge

You are reading an excerpt from The Challenge, a newsletter where I discuss self-improvement, goal-setting, habits, time management, and health tips and tricks.

Every week you will get:

  • a challenge to pursue to improve your life
  • an infographic to track it.

Subscribe now to help me continue publishing this type of content.


475 reads

The Brutality of The Law of Diminishing Returns

The Brutality of The Law of Diminishing Returns

If you work more, you won't necessarily get more. On the contrary, you may ruin your progress. And using the Law of Diminishing Returns, you could explain why it happens.

The law is an economic concept. But it has many touch points with overachieving tendencies. If you wish, you could explain it like this:

After a certain point, each extra input produces a decreasing output.

But what does that mean?


441 reads

How to Apply The Law To Your Tasks

How to Apply The Law To Your Tasks

Suppose you are measuring your productivity in any task. For example, let's take writing.

  • If you write for two hours, you may produce two high-level pages.
  • But writing for four hours may only give you three pages. Or you may keep the same productivity levels, but your work will lack originality.

Therefore, you will obtain fewer results for every extra step you make. Still, overachievers will double down their efforts if the requirements increase. And if they fail, they will think the amount of work is the issue to solve.


412 reads

Why do we achieve less by doing more?

Why do we achieve less by doing more?

The Law of Diminishing Returns is an economic concept. But it also works in your private life.

The results in time will follow the graph below.

  1. You start working on a task without concrete results for the first few minutes.
  2. Your efforts will grow.
  3. Successes add up over time until they reach the optimal stop point. Here, you become less concentrated and lose focus.
  4. If you continue, the side effects will increase, and you will experience foggy ideas.
  5. At last, instead of improving, every input will receive a negative output.


384 reads

The Negative Returns Danger Zone

The Negative Returns Danger Zone

Every investment in the negative returns danger zone will have harmful consequences. In this state, you could ruin all your progress, and it is always better to cash out and leave.

Sometimes, you are forced into this situation by close deadlines and urgent tasks. But you have to find the mental strength to quit. Otherwise, you will spend the following days repairing the damages.

You are living an illusion – you have no power to reach your goals in this state. You are fatigued. Your judgment is impaired. And your bed is waiting for you.


321 reads

3 Ways to Reclaim Your Progress and Quit Overachieving

3 Ways to Reclaim Your Progress and Quit Overachieving

The Law of Diminishing Returns is brutal. But you can fight it.

Self-conscience is always the first step. And if you are here, you might have reached that point already. So here are three ways to reclaim your progress and quit your negative tendencies.


312 reads

1 – Train your body to slow feelings (1)

1 – Train your body to slow feelings (1)

Perfectionists always want more because they are unsatisfied with what they have now. And training your body to work with slower feelings is one way to solve the problem.

You don’t have to feel the rush of emotions constantly. And the feeling of being involved in something could become overwhelming.


308 reads

1 – Train your body to slow feelings (2)

1 – Train your body to slow feelings (2)

Sometimes, slower emotions can help you take a break from the game. And then, you may turn back stronger and with more energy. 

  • Take long breaks between tasks. Give yourself more time to refill with motivation and energy
  • Resist the urgency of working
  • Fight the voice in your head that tells you you are losing time and you should get back to work.


299 reads

2 – Practice mindfulness (1)

2 – Practice mindfulness (1)

Everybody is concerned about lifestyle. But only a few talk about mind style, which is as important, if not more.

Emotional control is one of the best abilities you will learn with mindfulness. And, for an overachiever, controlling your emotions is everything.

If you practice mindfulness long enough, you will gain the capacity to observe your thoughts from an external point of view.

However, mindfulness requires time and a lot of training before it becomes effective. Yet, the only fact that you are taking 10-15 minutes a day to do it will improve your mental strength.


267 reads

2 – Practice mindfulness (2)

2 – Practice mindfulness (2)

Here are a few suggestions to use it to control your emotions.

  • Practice body scans as soon as you can. Body scans are the easiest way to approach the practice. And you will observe improvements soon.
  • Record your streaks to remain motivated. Track your mindfulness repetitions as you do for any other goal.
  • Use mindfulness to recognize when you should stop working. Learn to identify the exhaustion signals of your body. And stop before it is too late.


241 reads

3 – Set overachieving boundaries (1)

3 – Set overachieving boundaries (1)

You may set decent boundaries if you are good at setting goals.

Limits are as simple as your goals. But instead of targeting a purpose far away in the future, they focus on what you can do now to achieve a healthy mindset.

How much work can you do optimally?

How many hours can you remain focused in a distraction-free environment?


242 reads

3 – Set overachieving boundaries (2)

3 – Set overachieving boundaries (2)

  • Set limits for the maximum work you can do in one session/day.
  • And check your boundaries often. Sometimes, a good push of motivation will allow you to do more. Other times, you might get exhausted earlier.


245 reads


Apply the Law of Diminishing Returns to fight your overachieving tendencies. Train your body with slow emotions, practice mindfulness, and set clear overachieving boundaries.



249 reads

Before you go

Before you go

If you loved the newsletter and want to support my work, subscribe and share The Challenge with your friends and families!

Or, if you want to read more of my content, visit the Cosmopolitan Mindset.

Subscribe now to help me continue publishing this type of content.


230 reads



Passionate about self-improvement, personal growth, finance, and creativity. I love to inspire people to become the better version of themselves. Author @


Uncover the pitfalls of overachieving and reclaim your progress with 3 valuable tips. Unlock your true potential now!


Explore the World’s

Best Ideas

200,000+ ideas on pretty much any topic. Created by the smartest people around & well-organized so you can explore at will.

An Idea for Everything

Explore the biggest library of insights. And we've infused it with powerful filtering tools so you can easily find what you need.

Knowledge Library

Powerful Saving & Organizational Tools

Save ideas for later reading, for personalized stashes, or for remembering it later.

# Personal Growth

Take Your Ideas


Organize your ideas & listen on the go. And with Pro, there are no limits.

Listen on the go

Just press play and we take care of the words.

Never worry about spotty connections

No Internet access? No problem. Within the mobile app, all your ideas are available, even when offline.

Get Organized with Stashes

Ideas for your next work project? Quotes that inspire you? Put them in the right place so you never lose them.


2 Million Stashers


5,740 Reviews

App Store


72,690 Reviews

Google Play

Ashley Anthony

This app is LOADED with RELEVANT, HELPFUL, AND EDUCATIONAL material. It is creatively intellectual, yet minimal enough to not overstimulate and create a learning block. I am exceptionally impressed with this app!

Shankul Varada

Best app ever! You heard it right. This app has helped me get back on my quest to get things done while equipping myself with knowledge everyday.

Sean Green

Great interesting short snippets of informative articles. Highly recommended to anyone who loves information and lacks patience.


Don’t look further if you love learning new things. A refreshing concept that provides quick ideas for busy thought leaders.

Giovanna Scalzone

Brilliant. It feels fresh and encouraging. So many interesting pieces of information that are just enough to absorb and apply. So happy I found this.

Ghazala Begum

Even five minutes a day will improve your thinking. I've come across new ideas and learnt to improve existing ways to become more motivated, confident and happier.

Jamyson Haug

Great for quick bits of information and interesting ideas around whatever topics you are interested in. Visually, it looks great as well.

Laetitia Berton

I have only been using it for a few days now, but I have found answers to questions I had never consciously formulated, or to problems I face everyday at work or at home. I wish I had found this earlier, highly recommended!

Read & Learn

20x Faster





Access to 200,000+ ideas

Access to the mobile app

Unlimited idea saving & library

Unlimited history

Unlimited listening to ideas

Downloading & offline access

Personalized recommendations

Supercharge your mind with one idea per day

Enter your email and spend 1 minute every day to learn something new.


I agree to receive email updates