I can regularly be seen attempting to carry more than is physically possible around our house. It’s something of a running joke. In a vain bid to not waste time and have to make two journeys - anywhere - I can oft be found with my arms, hands and fingers loaded up. And of course there's always room under my chin to hold my phone or some paperwork. I inevitably spill, drop, or break things. But take two trips with smaller loads? nah. Ask for help? no way. I'll just struggle on like this thank you very much.
It’s curious how many analogies we borrow from the circus to describe modern living isn't it? Balancing acts...Juggling tasks... spinning plates... If a clown’s task is one of comic entertainment, I think perhaps the joke is on us. We struggle to do too much, or at least try to. All the while wearing our ability to adroitly manage multiple activities as a questionable badge of merit. "oh, i'm great at multi-tasking", "nobody can do this so well as me" "I can carry anything at once, all in one trip"
The antidote to doing too much is very obvious, but not all that simple; don't do so much. If you're feeling the pressure from juggling too many balls, don't juggle so much. It’s okay to drop the balls that bounce. Focus first and foremost on those that you know will break if you drop them. You might become more adept at juggling and find yourself able to pick some up again another time. if you're really lucky, you might even find that someone else picks them up and looks after them for you.
while i'm not suggesting you're as much of a clown as I, here are a few things that might help you reduce the juggle..