Sure, Kid, You Can Do Anything — Until You Try To Do Everything

If God meant for you to do 8 things at once, you’d be an octopus. Don’t try to be something you’re not!

Why Do You Want To Juggle, Anyway?

I still try to take on too much, too early. Frequently. The only reason it hasn’t held me back as much as it used to is my own determination to cultivate self-awareness (and a bunch of therapy sessions, but I’m trying to save you the $180 a session).

  • I feel like a failure if I don’t have several fires burning at the same time, as if I’m neglecting my “potential” or “giving up” on secondary projects every time I insist on focusing on the big, important one (like a novel, a particular blog, a certain client, etc).
  • Life feels too risky and uncertain if I don’t constantly have “backup projects” to work on in addition to my focus areas, and I feel anxious about possibly losing all of my progress and footing when I try to only work on one thing.
  • I get bored really easily and have been told in the past that I don’t “stick with things,” to the point that I’ve developed an internal paradigm about it; somehow, focusing on many things must mean I won’t give up on anything, right?
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Overestimating Ourselves Feels Better Than Accepting Weaknesses: Or, “We’ve All Got Big Egos And They’re Trying To Kill Us.”

Forgive me for channeling Freud for a moment (who, by the way, was a real creep), but we’re all using defense mechanisms to protect our egos. No, it doesn’t take the form of “penis envy” or other frankly degenerate theories — our usual methods are much simpler.

We Somehow Convince Ourselves That Juggling Will “Be Different This Time…” Every Time We Try It.

The strange thing about overdoing it is that the slippery slope feels, well, not slippery every time we decide to approach it. Our pants may still be covered in mud and our skin is still bruised from the last time we slipped, but at that moment we seem to see nothing but an idyllic hillside in front of us.

Basically, We’re All A Little Freaked Out — But Juggling Will Only Make It Worse.

Like so many aspects of our warp-speed, sound-byte-worshipping modern world, the “maximum productivity” movement is, for the most part, built on a lie.

Emily Sinclair Montague is a professional writer, author, and content strategist. Connect with her at or on Twitter (@EmilytheMontag1)!

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