Yep, that’s what the first couple of weeks felt like this month – millions of balls in the air, and me…dropping all of them.
So, what happens when you take on more than you can handle? How do you figure out your own sense of balance before you become fried? These are questions I’ve had to really struggle through over the course of 2010.
You see, I tend to be a bit driven (shocking, I know). Now, being driven is not a bad thing – it allows me to get more done in a day than many people get done in a week. But there are definite draw backs…
First, I tend to take on WAY TOO MUCH. I throw too many balls in the air at once, and then proceed to start to drop them. I have no one to blame for this but me! And when it happens, I always have to step back and figure out how to get myself back in balance – cut back on the number of things I am trying to juggle, keeping in mind my priorities.
Which brings me to number two…priorities. This is the key to everything for me. If I remember to make decisions (what will get done, what won’t – that sort of thing) based on my priorities – family and faith, writing goals, day job…that kind of thing – I do much better at keeping perspective and keeping those pesky balls in the air.
And I guess, that is my goal…to both learn to maintain my balance in the face of adversity and stress, and to give myself a break when I can’t. Admittedly, that is my biggest struggle.
But hey, we’re all human right…those balls ARE going to come crashing down from time to time. I just need to remember to pick them up and keep going.
What do you guys do?