iron in the fire

[iron in the fire] {n. phr.} Something you are doing; one of theprojects with which a person is busy; job,

John had a number ofirons in the fire, and he managed to keep all of them hot.

- Usuallyused in the phrase "too many irons in the fire".

"Ed has a dozenthings going all the time, but none of them seem to work out." "Nowonder. He has too many irons in the fire."