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Letâs talk juggling. And yes, itâs a metaphorâfor life, for work, for relationships. Actually, for anything youâd like to spend time on.
When life changes (pandemics, babies, job losses, big projects) itâs normal for our juggling acts to be affected. We drop balls. Other balls disappearâpoof! Flaming chainsaws get added to our act ð¥ We get thrown off balance. We drop more balls.
And this is all okay. Give yourself some grace.
But to keep sane, I find it helpful to take stock of the balls (and chainsaws) Iâm jugglingâthe ones in the air, the ones on the floor, and the ones on the shelf. Itâs an opportunity to examine what Iâm trying to juggle. Because Iâm often so fixated on the act of juggling that I donât know what Iâm jugglingâor why itâs even in my act.
What I like doing from time to time, and what you may like to do, is to spend a day writing down all the things I could possibly be jugglingânot just the things in the air. I write down all the things Iâve dropped, all the things I really really want to do, all the things I expect myself to do, all the things I think I should be doing, all the things other people have added to my act (more things than you may think), all the small things, all the big things, all the things I could be doingâeverything that crosses my mind. I write down work stuff, life stuff, commitments, chores, tasks, things I want to buy, things I need to look into. I normally write down 80% of my juggling list in an hour or less, but I keep on adding to it as the day goes onâthings keep popping up!
Simply acknowledging the balls you are/could/should/want to be juggling is a powerful act. Itâs like telling your brain that you are listening, that you care, and that youâre going to do something about it. It allows your brain to stop juggling it all, and do stuff that brains are more cut out to do.
Next week, in part 2, Iâll explain what I do once Iâve written everything down.
â¤ï¸ Big loves from Amsterdam â Rich from TapTapKaboom (https://taptapkaboom.com)
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