I somehow finagled my way out of being overloaded with extracurricular projects. Last week my boss [gently] cornered me and got me involved in a painful IT/CRM related project that I previously knew little about (given a peer here was much more involved and sidestepped for unexplained reasons). Now just moments ago I was asked to get involved in a 2nd IT related project. As these rarely go anywhere and won't lead to any chances to impress the right people, I politely demurred in taking on both and got the previously sidestepped colleague involved in the IT/CRM project while I take on the slightly more interesting 2nd project. I feel like a dodged a bullet and made someone happy.