7 Tips to Help You Juggle Like a Pro

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I’ve been known to juggle a responsibility or two! At one point, I was homeschooling my three children, running a business, and on staff at my church. It was a full season of life!

I’m a passionate person, an avid reader, and I get a kick out of being creative. I also love spending time with my family and friends. And crafting, cooking, decorating, learning, coaching, writing, working out – even tackling challenges excites me! There are so many activities that I enjoy, but, unfortunately, there are only so many hours in a day.

Those who know me know that I’m one determined gal. Rather than ignore what I’m passionate about, I’ve mastered the art of juggling – or at least tried to master it.

I confess in the past I wanted it all and I wanted it right now! You might say I was a lot like Veruca Salt from the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. She’s famous for saying “I want the works! Don’t care how I want it now!” For me it not so much about material things – I wanted to do it all!

If you remember, it didn’t go well for the spoiled Veruca. She was sent down the garbage shoot for her “I want it now! I want it all!” attitude. It took marinating in trash for her to make changes.

Who’s To Blame?

While Veruca’s parents are to blame for her rotten, want it all attitude because they indulged her behavior and put up with her tantrums.  The only person I can blame for my want to do it all attitude: me.

God is far more patient with me than I would be! He continually reminds me of what He’s has called me to do: serve my family, reach children for Him, and influence leaders. And thankfully He’s provided me with all sorts of ways I can be creative and regularly participate in the activities I enjoy without compromising my purpose. That’s pretty sweet!

The reality: even an expert juggler has limits!

Are you a juggler too? Are you prone to taking on too much? Here are some of the valuable lessons I’ve learned along the way:

1. Less is More

Adding more and more balls to keep in the air eventually causes even an expert juggler to drop one (or two or three!). When you juggle fewer responsibilities, it allows you to devote more focused attention and energy to those responsibilities. It also lessens the chances of something getting overlooked.

In order to master “less is more” you must let go, delegate, develop some powerful habits, and trust God.

2. Be Bold

When you are juggling just a few key responsibilities, you naturally concentrate your energy in those areas. That enables you to operate with greater confidence and take bolder risks.

Trying to juggle too much dilutes your focus and energy making it hard to keep up with it all. It’s tough to operate in a bold way when you are overwhelmed!

Sometimes it’s the fear of failure that drives you to take on more than you can handle. It provides a handy excuse for the lack of success.

Narrowing your focus – that’s bold!

3. Value Your Time

Time is a limited resource – truly a gift. Your day has the same number of hours in it as mine does. How will you use that time?

Be intentional with your time. If you want to maximize your time, you must know what your goals are, establish priorities, have structure, and engage in activities that energize you.

Tackle your most difficult tasks first. Work with a timer! There will always be those tasks that you are not fond of, the ones you keep putting off. Rather than never picking up that ball, do that task for 30 minutes or an hour – whatever works for you. You’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish in that limited amount of time when the timer is ticking! And when you keep at it, you will be surprised at all that you are able to accomplish even in small bursts of time. Want more time tips? Click here.

4. Be Obedient

Life can get pretty messy when you choose to do it your way rather than God’s way. The enemy wants you to think that the only way you will get what you want is to act like Veruca Salt. You might not be as overt as Veruca; she was obnoxiously transparent about her desires. Your response might be to simply ignore, put off, or to keep on waiting for that “perfect” moment to pick up the ball God has given you to juggle.

Listen to His voice and obey!

5. Practice Gratitude

Veruca Salt came from a wealthy family. She was blessed and didn’t even realize it! She had so much!

When you focus on what you can’t do, and can’t have, it robs you of the opportunity to appreciate what you do have. It causes you to be negative and when you are negative, what does it attract? More negativity. If you are grateful for what you already have, what do you think you will attract? I bet it will be something worthwhile!

6. Accept the Season

Christmas will be here soon! If you are like me, the Christmas season includes a lot of extra tasks to juggle. In order to really enjoy the merry time of year, I have to plan well, spread the tasks out (it’s never too early to start!), and be realistic. It’s important to me to create a memorable holiday season, but if I take on too much, I promise you that the season will be anything but merry. The memories made – they won’t be what I had hoped for!

Keep in mind, seasons are temporary. What “season” of life are you in right now? Seasons of raising young children, starting a business, or taking your leadership to the next level all require extra attention. Evaluate your priorities often in light of the season you are currently in.

7. Don’t Juggle Alone

You might think you are juggling like a pro! However, I know how much I need God’s help with all my juggling! Unless I’m connecting with Him daily and seeking His wisdom, I’m making the process more challenging than it needs to be. Setting aside time with Him take faith. I must trust that He will enable me to get done what really needs to get done today, when I carve out time with Him.

While leaders are often lone ranger types, the truth is I need the help and insight others have to offer me. That’s why I enlist the help of my coach. I also seek the counsel of my husband and the other wise leaders God has placed in my life – I value their support. Delegating tasks that others do better that I do enables me to devote more energy into what I do best.

When Veruca didn’t get what she wanted she resorted to tantrums that sometimes lasted for hours. How exhausting! Those ugly moments led to her being cozy with garbage. My “want it all moments” have often left me in a mess as well!

How do you respond when you can’t do it all? How well are you juggling right now?

This post was originally posted on 12-9-14 and has been updated & revised just for YOU!

Marvae Eikanas

Marvae Eikanas

Marvae Eikanas is an author, entrepreneur, ICF certified coach, Career Direct Consultant, DISC consultant, and HBDI practitioner. She helps her coaching clients sharpen their skills, face their fears, eliminate funky mindsets, hone their habits, and cultivate clarity so they can THRIVE personally and professionally. Schedule a consultation with Marvae here.

14 Comments

  1. Avatar Betsy on December 10, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    SO true. All good things to remember! Not fighting time is probably my biggest challenge…. there is as much time as there is and I can do just what FILLS that time and not much more. Challenging for me. I’m SUCH a worker bee! LOL Thanks for another good post!

    • Marvae Marvae on December 10, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      I understand the worker bee way! There will always be more to do. So thankful God made me a relational gal – it is motivation to slow down and engage with the ones I love while the things on my “to do” list grow and wait for me.

  2. Avatar Mary Bernard on December 17, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Thanks for this post! Totally speaks to me. 🙂

    I love the idea of juggling for a little while vs. never picking up the balls. I think I’m such a perfectionist at heart that if I decide I can’t do it ALL at one time PERFECTLY, then I’m better off not doing anything at all. Very self-defeating.

    (Stopping in from Promo Wednesday at Equipping Christian Women in Business).

    Blessings!

    • Marvae Marvae on December 9, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Delighted you stopped by Mary! ALL is a bit overwhelming, especially when you add the PERFECTLY piece! It is surprising how quickly small somethings add up.

  3. Avatar Stephanie Nissen on December 17, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    This post is just at the right time for me! I took on 3 new clients yesterday and signing two more today so time is definitely a factor. Loving the tip to work with a timer – gonna try that one!

    (Found you through Equipping Christian Women in Business!)

    • Marvae Marvae on December 17, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Congrats on the new clients Stephanie! What a blessing! The timer trick has been invaluable to me and I got the cutest red owl timer at Cost Plus World Market that was inexpensive and ticks to keep me on track! You will have to let me know how the timer works for you!

      • Avatar Stephanie Nissen on December 17, 2014 at 9:34 pm

        I will! Thanks Marvae!

  4. Avatar Davida Yemi-Akanle on December 17, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Hi Marvae, very interesting article, the bit about Obedience and
    accepting the Season one is in resonates a lot with what the Lord has
    been saying to me. My whole Business – Kingdom Wealth Creation is about
    teaching people in Business God’s way of creating wealth, we don’t stop
    going round and round in circles until we learn to do it his way.
    With the seasons, we tend to try to fight the seasons rather than
    cooperate with it, no wonder we get so stressed.

    Thanks for sharing, visiting via (Equipping Christian Women in Business too!)

    • Marvae Marvae on December 17, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      Fighting rather than cooperating does lead to stress! No fun, especially this time of year. Thanks for stopping by Davida!

  5. Avatar Micheline on February 23, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Time is a big factor…& learning to say No!!! It’s ok 🙂 I’ve learned this by now having more me time & freeing up time to do so. I prioritize things to make the time. 🙂 I’m trying to work on less is more 🙂 difficult to focus on. A new learning curve. 🙂 thanks for sharing

    • Marvae Marvae on February 23, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      Congrats on learning some valuable lessons about time Micheline, and being brave enough to tackle the less is more challenge!

  6. Avatar Stefani E. Heustis on November 11, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Sometimes I think that we are given too many “balls” to juggle to remind us that we are finite and that God is not. I am deeply in one of those seasons now. I am having to change jobs due to a workplace bullying issue from management above my supervisor. This is all happening as we closed on a home yesterday, are moving Saturday and I start my master’s degree in Nurse Midwifery on Monday. Thanksgiving we have any number of our 13 children and 9 grands so far coming to the new place that I am sure will still be accented just right with cardboard boxes. We start construction to add an in law suite as soon as our current home sells so we can bring my parents to live with me where they say they will feel safest. Praise God neither of our Down’s daughters have health issues at the moment, but we have grief issues at home as holidays remind my husband’s kids that their mom is gone, just as it does to my kids how their dad is gone. I would gladly put a ball down if I could. There are times where what is asked is to juggle by FAITH knowing we cannot and He can. Miraculously what needs to happen does without us having done what we thought we should have. I learned a long time ago to do what I can, what I am called to…. let go of my expectations…. allow God to do what He knows must be done His way. I have yet to regret it.

    • Marvae Eikanas Marvae Eikanas on November 11, 2020 at 11:54 am

      Absolutely! There are times when life has more than enough to juggle and relying on God is a must, but in reality, we need to rely on Him all the time! Glad you learned that lesson a long time ago Stefani!

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