08 Feb This is what single-tasking looks like.
I’ve been working at “single-tasking”
for two weeks. I am far from mastering it. I have my good days, like yesterday when I was telling my friend Tina how much single-tasking has helped me and how I feel more peaceful and focused and I think I’m actually accomplishing more this way (even though that’s not the goal). Then there was today. In spite of my peaceful, focused attitude, we cannot get out the door to preschool on time and I just cannot be peaceful about that! I yelled at Camilla for taking her sweet time getting her socks and shoes on but was she the one I should be angry with? Well, I really didn’t need to be angry with anyone. But I was probably really angry with myself. After all, with an extra hour to get ready (thanks to a mere inch of snow), you would think
we’d be able to get into the car on time, but no. We were rushing to the car exactly an hour later than usual. We always end up arriving close to starting time and I don’t think anyone really cares except me, but practically every time I go into panic mode starting with the mad rush to the car and ending only as we pull up to school. I have to figure out how to go about this more calmly, otherwise I don’t think we’re going to survive the next 17 years.
That being said, I believe single-tasking has allowed me to enjoy and savor moments like these:
Running around like crazy inside on a snowy/rainy day.
Adrian helping make cookies for the first time.
Silly after-bath hair-do by Daddy.
So while I still catch myself thinking about everything else I need to do, I am learning to be more mindful. When I straighten up, I try to just straighten up. When I fold the laundry I just fold the laundry. And it’s forcing me to slow down. I try to stay focused when I use the internet as well. I’m taking a break from Facebook this month and if I sit down to do something on the computer, I try to focus on it and finish it instead of constantly checking my email and twitter all day long. So far it’s working better than multi-tasking and I think I will be able to achieve perfection by the year 2020. (That was a joke.)
How about you? If you’re on this journey with me, how is single-tasking working for you?