I read an article in a popular women’s magazine this morning that really caught my attention and made me think. The article revolved around the idea that we do not have enough time in the day to get everything done. Yes, we know this, right? The article went on to give women numerous ways in which we could use multitasking to accomplish certain goals, such as filing while watching television or returning phone calls while cooking dinner.
I’m kind of tired of the whole let’s just multitask to get things done idea. We know as women we can multitask constantly, and that we do so without even thinking about it most of the time. But I feel that we should stop multitasking now! I mean, don’t we do enough already?
I already: paint my nails while cleaning the bathroom, clean the shower while taking a shower, iron clothes while making family phone calls on Sunday, and numerous other tasks that I’m just too tired to list. I mean, as I sit here and type this post I am also trying to entertain my youngest, who is playing on the floor, while telling my oldest we will go to the park when I am done.
Sometimes I multitask so much that I forget what tasks I’m doing and realize, much later, that I’ve left the broom in the bathroom, my child on the porch or the iron on. Just kidding, but you know what I mean.
My newest resolution: To stop multitasking.
If we are so busy that we can only get things done when we do two things at once, then we are just entirely too busy.
If we are so busy that we can’t sit down and watch our favorite television show unless we are clipping coupons, doing our nails, plucking our eyebrows and flossing our teeth, then we are just too busy.
There comes a time in life when we need to stop multitasking and start enjoying our quiet time. If I have to spend the few minutes I have each day to myself doing a chore or two, then why bother having any free time at all? I could just skip that bubble bath/writing up the grocery list multitasking combination and work on the grocery list while also clipping the coupons, cooking dinner, baking a pie, washing the floors, scrubbing the counters, vacuuming out the car, painting the house, cutting the weeds back in the garden and finishing up the breakfast dishes.
For today, say no to multitasking.
Now, I’m off to the park. Without my coupons!