For example, I was too busy with school to write a speech in time for Club Rally, so I couldn't compete and had to perform my speech at a meeting to meet that 4-H requirement. I didn't even have time to write a proper speech, so I had to "speechify" a paper I had written about Jared Diamond. Hey, at least it was agriculturally related!
I couldn't participate in Judging Day, another 4-H requirement, on the day it was hosted because of work. I had to take time out of someone else's day to do it privately in the 4-H office, which I felt a little guilty about.
4-H was always something I was good at and I feel rather let down knowing I could have done better, but I was too busy to do my best. Our club's Achievement Day, the day to display the projects we've completed over the course of the year, was last week, and I felt a little silly with my projects. I only took the craft project this year and the three crafts I did were a crocheted Kobo cozy (which was, while free-handed, far from what I am capable of doing), a reusable calendar that I made in an evening, and a pop bottle fish made from left over supplies from my library job last summer. The judge noted that I should aim for more challenging and age-appropriate crafts next time.
I agreed with her completely. They were simple crafts and only done because I needed to have SOMETHING. Every other year my projects were either something that taught me a new skill, like the year I did needle felting, or a more challenging version of a craft I could already do, such as bigger crochet projects. There would be crafts sometimes that were "I-needed-something" crafts, but that was partially because it was often difficult to come up with three different crafts (you need a variety of crafts so you don't compete against yourself at the exhibition).
On that note, I'm considering for next year sacrificing not competing against myself in exchange for having three crafts I'm proud of. Crocheting is something I do in my spare time anyway, 4-H or not, so I'm more likely to complete three crocheted items than three different crafts. I'm currently working on an intricate (read, "tedious") crocheted bowl, and it is something I'd feel good about using as a 4-H project, unlike fish made out of pop bottles.
If there's one thing I learned in high school, it's that if you don't have enough time to do your best, do the best you can with what time you have. At the very least I can say I did just that this year.