-Helping with homework
-Fixing snack for five kids
-Having phone call with vendor for upcoming work conference
-Packing lunch boxes for tomorrow
-Asking kids to keep it down
-Helping find lost toy
-Thinking through action items for upcoming work conference
-Thinking about getting glass of water, finding Tylenol and using bathroom
-Cleaning Up Kitchen
About 30 minutes ago I found myself trying to do all of these things AT ONCE. Yes, at the same time. I got everything done except finding lost toy (it is a laser gun that is better off staying lost!), getting the kitchen finished, taking the Tylenol and using the bathroom. I plan to do those next.....but I wanted to walk away and put things into perspective. Walking away helps me to re-focus and re-group. Getting my ideas, thoughts and anxieties down on my blog helps me to do that, too.
Have I set a new record in multi tasking? Am I taking multi tasking too far that I am now ineffective? Most likely yes. (Overall, not a bad ratio of accomplished vs. unaccomplished). But, my head is killing me and I need to pee! I didn't get to finish the kitchen and I hate leaving dirty dishes in the sink and "stuff" all over the counters. It gives me great anxiety. My kids will tell you yes, I am ineffective (maybe not using that exact words - they might say stink) - I couldn't find the lost toy and didn't put enough sauce in tonight's baked ziti. At least my vendor will tell you no - she couldn't see what I was doing while on the phone. She got the info she needed for the meeting and she is a mom, so she "gets it" as far as the noise in the background. My kids teacher will most likely tell you no too - hopefully they will never show up on my doorstep - healthy lunch is packed for tomorrow and my daughter's homework is done neatly & correctly!
How do you multi task? Do you feel like you have too much on your plate? Do you multi task or do you prioritize? How do you escape and take a breather? Does taking a breather work? Do you walk away, do you go to your "happy place" in your head?
I need to go find that Tylenol! Have a great night! And, I just remembered I forgot to set the timer....now the kids will have dry and burnt ziti. Just like my mom used to make! (sorry mom!)