‘I’m just juggling so many things’, is a common comment that we hear in coaching conversations.
We are all juggling some form of work or home commitments. Especially on top of looking after our teams, home, family, physical and mental health and the list goes on. Add the pressure of competing deadlines and priorities and the juggling becomes even more challenging. For some, there is a feeling of not even having 10 minutes of time for myself.
And we hear: ‘I’m looking after everyone else…who’s looking after me?’
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Put the balls down
When we think of juggling, we think of many balls in the air. Furthermore, the skill and mastery it takes to keep all the ball moving. We acknowledge that life sometimes feels like a juggling act. And one of our fears is dropping all the balls. Or something slipping through the cracks.
This is where we like to say: ‘put the balls down’.
Rather than juggling, we have this image of circles on a blank piece of paper. Looking at the ‘balls’ in front of us. Giving each one a label. And then working out: what are the priorities? What is needed in each area? Rather than competing priorities, what can we focus on? And in what order?
These are great coaching questions that help us in our personal lives. Furthermore, we can use them at work and coach others to ‘put the balls down’. And stay in our ‘performance zone’. You can find out more about this by listening to the webinar.
What do you need to stop doing?
When feeling a sense of overwhelm and juggling, people often think about what they need to do.
Particularly do MORE OF.
But we want to offer you that the first place to start, might be to think about what you need to STOP doing.
At home, this might be STOP picking up the kids cloths. STOP doom-scrolling or listening to the news if it is affecting you. Furthermore, STOP beating yourself up.
We use the tool below to think about what we need to START, STOP, do MORE of and do LESS of. Particularly to achieve our goals.
Thinking about each of these questions does help us come back to a sense of control. Rather than juggling.
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