It's true to say that sometimes we go through periods of almost relentless busyness and it's hard to manage.
Time-management, goals around work-life balance and being good at prioritising are all very well (and undoubtedly useful) but when we're in the thick of it the only thing that makes a difference is our mental attitude.
The analogy I love for this is the downhill skier - because they show us two things that are incredibly useful for those times when we are really busy:
Surrendering to the forces of gravity is the only option when you're facing the slope. There's no time for resistance to the idea, nor listening to the stories our own internal dialogue may tell us about the reasons for not letting go. The forces are unstoppable, so we need to go with it.
As the skier surrenders to the slope (and the intense forces acting upon them) they gain the ability to stay in control of their own equilibrium and respond in real time to the experience. They're fully present, responsive and in command.
The key thing about these two things - surrender and control is that they only really work together. Without truly surrendering it's almost impossible to be present and respond - essentially, we'd land on our backside pretty quickly.
How This Helps Us When We Are Busy
When we know we have a lot to do, and there's no alternative, we need to get going and get things done. There's no Plan B. A lot of our stress (all of it, even) comes from our thinking that things need to be different and from our feeling of resistance and frustration. We need to surrender i.e. to let go of our unhelpful thinking and accept the predicament we are in. Once we do that we can experience more sense of flow and just be present with what is in front of us. Surrendering gives us more control. It enables our own internal equilibrium and we can feel more energy. We become more effective and alive.
The beauty of all of this is that it's all down to our own inner attitude - not changing externals. We create this change ourselves and experience the benefits straight away. It's a win-win.