I have this problem. I just can't seem to pass up a volunteer sheet. Which usually would not be an issue. It's good to be helpful and give your time. The problem is my plate? Yea that thing is so full that any second it now will likely break in half and everything will end up as a big mess on the floor.
I have always enjoyed being busy and pride myself on being able to juggle lots of different tasks and responsibilities. But I have finally reached a point where even I can't manage anymore. I have a full-time job, 2 kids, one who I home-school, commitments to weekly catechism classes as well as monthly parent meetings, I run 2 blogs, on top of the usual responsibilities of running a family. (Of course I have help with one blog and the household responsibilities.)
It is a lot of work and recently I was approached to take on one more thing and for the first time ever, I hesitated. I didn't jump at the chance and say yes. I stopped myself and took a real look at what was already on my plate and realized that the position they were asking of me was too much. I was spread too thin.
I am very thankful that I was able to realize this fact before taking on too much. There are certain priorities in my life and I would not want to jeopardize things like my family's well-being or my children's education because I have taken on too much.
Do you know your limits?
How do you handle things when you are spread too thin?