Mental Health Monday–Juggling

For the past several months, I’ve been stressed out (more than usual) with the house, various work projects, and writing. “Only” three arenas, but each one is mushrooming like a nuclear blast cloud blossoming with activity and responsibilities. The deeper I delve into each “project,” the more work there is to be done. As soon as one deadline is met, sixteen others pop up behind it.

I’m never “caught up.”

I never get to let out the relaxing sigh of, “Ah, I did it. Now it’s time to kick back and slack off.”

How did this happen? When did I get *this* busy?

I don’t know.

A theory: I’ve been *this* busy all along, but my mind has never been this divided between equally important things. For instance, when I was in med school, my primary focus was, well, med school. Yeah, I studied for 12-16 hours a day, but I didn’t have other things demanding just as much time, so it worked pretty well. Same for residency.

Then the writing bug hit (2+ years ago now). But I could handle it. The day job was more reasonable (9-10 hours M-F, with some evenings and weekend call days, but not as bad as residency), so I could write in the evenings and/or on weekends.

Add blogging to that. And other forms of social media. Critiquing. Beta reading.

Then, nine months ago, I found The House. Even if I wasn’t physically involved in something house related, my mind certainly was occupied with it and the catastrophes issues involved with purchasing a foreclosed fixer-upper.

I. Ran. Out. Of. Time.

No matter how I figured it, there wasn’t enough hours in the day to fit it all in.

I had to let something go.

My life is still a WIP, but here’s some thoughts/tips I considered useful in juggling things around to maintain some sort of sanity:

  • Take it one day at a time.
  • Realize I can’t get everything done and that’s okay.
  • Prioritize based on which deadlines are most pressing.
  • Tackle tasks in manageable pieces.
  • Accept the fact that it’s okay to let something go for a while with the understanding that I can (AND WILL!) get back to it later.
  • Stop fighting the clock (because it will win).
  • Despite the rush and amount of work, I take breaks.
  • Remember to laugh (humor is a mature defense mechanism–yes, that’s the technical term–and it is FANTASTIC!).

So, dear friends, what’s your strategy when you’ve juggling too many balls?

Be sure to check out Lydia’s Medical Monday post as well as Sarah’s psychology related post!