Multitasking! The lady in the comic above looks like how my mind was working this morning. There were calls to be made, calendar dates to check, arrangements to make for getting back home, catch up laundry, cleaning to pick up, and several other things I can’t even think of yet! In fact, I barely have had time for tea and it is already 11:00.
Multitasking is a great skill to have when it applies to cooking or housework while you are managing some other things…..just don’t get so involved that you forget the meat in the oven!! (been there). Optimally, focusing on the really important tasks would be one at a time. I believe that when we let ourselves be inundated with all the things that seem to be calling for completion right this minute, we forget to live in the moment of JOY. It seems that even PURPOSE for that day can get a little out of kilter. My experience is, which I need to remind myself this morning, that it will all get done; not to worry!
If you opt for multitasking, here are some thoughts:
- Make the list the night before, generating all the ideas.
- Refine and prioritize the list first thing in the morning.
- Don’t start any task until you have done number 2.
- Pick the biggest or the least favorite task and make it number 1. Then it is done and you feel 100 percent lighter.
- Stay focused on tasks as you start and finish them. Each task potentially has the greater chance of being completed correctly. (Other wise, you may find yourself redoing some tasks.)
“You can do two things at once, but you can’t focus effectively on two things at once.” (Gary Keller, author of The One Thing)
Am I focusing on the priorities of the day? Do I really need to multitask in order to get it all done? What would be so terrible if some things did wait until tomorrow?
(The picture caption is one I have had for a long time and do not remember who to credit it for. But I like it!)