The more items we try to juggle, the more likely we are to drop something. When we drop something, then we have to clean up the mess, while still juggling the remaining items.
Before adding more items to juggle, ask yourself:
- Is it necessary?
- Do I really want to do this?
If the answer to both is “no” then say “no” to whoever is asking you to juggle more items. It’s okay to tell people “no” when it’s not necessary and you don’t have the time or the desire to do so.
It’s also acceptable to ask for a trade. If you start juggling a new item for someone, what item will they take from you? It’s amazing how often people decide they really don’t need you to do something if you expect them to do something for you in return.
I much prefer to juggle a few items and do it well rather than to try to juggle many items and drop most of them. I have gotten much better at telling people “no” or at least telling them “not now.”
Are you trying to juggle too many items? Are there some you can give up? Or can you at least quit adding more items to juggle until you feel you have the situation under control again?