I'm laughing at my inability to take multiple trips to the car when I get home - you know what I mean. We get home and try to bring everything from our day inside all at once. I'm talking on the phone, grabbing my bag which has my laptop and life inside, oh don't forget my bottle of water and the mail, there's that bag of trash from the back seat and the bag of dog food for the pup. And if I balance it just right I can even grab my sweater I took off last weekend that shoved in the trunk. And looking like a homeless circus performer I try to unlock my front door. Fumbling for my keys which were just in my hand but somehow I can no longer find, I invariably drop something.
I could have taken a couple of smaller trips to my car. I mean it's seriously only a few extra steps. But CLEARLY, Superwoman does not need to do that. I can carry everything at once like I'm magic and arrive in one piece, unwrinkled and perfectly balanced.
Or I'm simply delusional.
So let's think about it - how many times do we do this to ourselves? Not just physically but emotionally as well. We believe that because we are able to prop one more item on the top of our load (or our to-do list) we should - that it will save us time and energy to carry it all at once instead of bringing in one or two manageable things at a time and going back for the rest. When the truth of it is 9 times out of ten we will drop something (and usually it's the most precious things - like the phone that we're talking on) and then we'll have to set everything down to pick it back up again. And it takes more effort and concentration to create this balancing act .
So just for today I challenge you to take on a smaller load. Trim your list down to the top 3 things and tackle them first - and then take a freaking break. Don't pile on more just because you can. And once that first round is done and your hands are empty, then go back out to the car to get more. Carrying more than we can is a formula for failure so stop it - do what you can and go back for the rest.