Leaving The Multi-tasker Behind

Confession. I have been multi-tasking. I have been trying to do multiple things and all at once. It’s the holidays so it’s easy to assume that multi-tasking is the best way to go and somehow it will make me feel more organized. I noticed over the last several weeks that multi-tasking makes me feel more overwhelmed. Scattered.

Almost a year ago, I wrote about multi-tasking and how leaves us feeling less productive in many ways. A Focus Master approach can help us stay on track, in the moment and even enjoy completed those items on the to-do list.

Do you find yourself more organized at work or at home?

It’s an ebb and flow for me. When life kicks up at work, then I tend to be less organized at home. When home feels busy, then I am less organized at work.

Does that sound strange?

I have not been committed to focus in either area. Trying to multi-task lessens the focus and increases the overwhelm. It’s not a perfect science. It’s about acknowledging the ebb and flow along with prioritizing on both sides of mom and career. Did I mention it’s a continual process? We can’t just set it and forget it in our mind.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or unorganized as the season craze is in  high gear, please know you are not alone and I’m right here with you.

I stopped and focused on a to-do list of priorities to accomplish in the next two weeks ruthlessly prioritized.

I also left the things off that list that I just can’t or don’t want to fit in. It’s OK to say no if you want to of course. If a list works for you, pull out the pen and paper or your phone.

Sometimes, the best thing to do is take hold of your own overwhelm, step back and regroup. That’s what I am working on this week.

How about you?

 

 

4 thoughts on “Leaving The Multi-tasker Behind

  1. Blessing @ Working Mom Journal says:

    Especially with the Holidays here, I feel overwhelmed with finishing up year-end goals at work and also managing the chaos of holiday preparations at home and even at work. Thanks for the reminder, I plan on taking at least 15mins breaks every now and then to step away from the worries and just have fun.

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    • Stephanie says:

      Me, too Blessing. I stopped walking at work for the last week because it’s been busy and have noticed a big difference, not really a good one. So I started up again. That’s why I always add “it’s a work in progress.” 🙂

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  2. Towanda says:

    “I also left the things off that list that I just can’t or don’t want to fit in…,” explains me perfectly! My days are much more productive when I can look at my to-do list and it has things that I feel are important, not necessarily what others think should be at the top of the list.

    Now I will admit that I am a multi-tasker, but the multi-tasking comes after I look at all of the things that need to be done and I decide the things that can be done together. For instance, I may need to make a shopping run at lunchtime so I will eat in the car, park far from the door and walk through the entire store. This way I managed to eat, shop and get in a little midday exercise, all in an hour, :-).

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    • Stephanie says:

      Towanda, we are on the same page! I squeeze in the lunchtime eating and shopping multi-tasking as well. That works for me. It’s the priorities that need my attention and focus that will lack if I multi-task. That’s where we need to determine for ourselves the things that need the undivided focus. Of course, life is forever fluid so adjustments are always made. Enjoy your lunch!

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