Last week I spent a lot of time noticing how much time I spent multi-tasking. I've read the reports that there is no such thing as true mutli-tasking, but I sure do put in a valiant effort. Numerous times I caught myself doing things like scheduling appointments while cooking dinner or answering emails while writing up a design paper. Even composing this post is taking me extra time because the TV is going in the background drawing my attention.
While I did not succeed in being a unitasker, being aware did allow me to limit needless switching between tasks whenever my mind slowed down for a few breaths. When I wasn't 100 percent engaged in the task at hand, my attention quickly veered towards anything else. Taking a deep breath and ignoring the temptation of the next item on the to do list really helped me get my bigger tasks done and done well. I also found plenty of time to take care of the little tasks. Overall, this week was a good experience and I'm definitely on the road to getting back to my overachieving self.
WHAT: Appreciate the good things. There's big things like job, family and health, but those aren't the ones to which I'm referring. This week it is time to appreciate clean sheets, a hug from a friend or hitting a green light.
WHY: There is so much in my life to appreciate. Just this week, I experienced a earthquake and slept as a hurricane passed over my house. I'm okay. All those I love are okay. My house is unscathed. The weather outside can only be described as the calm AFTER the storm. It's been an amazing week. But I did say that these are not the things I'm focusing on.
One of my reasons for starting this blog is to spend time noticing and recording all the great things that surround me. However, too often, I look at my life through critical lenses. There's always some task I haven't finished. My kids stages are marked my their difficulties instead of their triumphs. If only that recipe came out looking like the picture in the book.
HOW: I know when I'm being critical. Lately, I feel the tickle of the critical eye as it stares back at me in the mirror. I'm more critical of myself than anything or anyone else. This week when I feel that tickle, I'm going to turn my attention outward and onward. I'm going to look around me and focus on all that I have. I'll make lists if I need to, just as long as I pause for a few moments a day to see what is right in front of me and appreciate it for its presence in my life.
Right now, I'm headed off to appreciate my snack as I appreciate the surprise day I got to spend at home alone. Multi-tasking at its finest!