Day 5 of 365 Tiny Changes
Today, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed.
Yesterday, I wrote about all of the unfinished projects that I have to battle to completion.
I think my real problem is that I am an idea person. Not a finisher. I LOVE creating. I even like the start up process of a new idea. Making the plan, purchasing the materials, getting organized, even starting the project...that’s where if falls off the cliff. Usually, I get board and/or side tracked on to another project.
I’ve tried multitasking, but failed miserably. So I researched multitasking, to find out just what I was doing wrong. Guess what, I discovered the reason I failed at talking on the phone, while answering an e-mail, while finishing a report, while standing on my head singing the BHA song. It turns out the reason I failed, is because it’s IMPOSSIBLE.
Our brains can literally only do one thing at a time. If I think I’m multitasking, doing more than one thing at a time, I’m not. In reality I’m flipping my attention from one task to the other and back again. Some people can do this better than others, and some people, like me, shouldn’t attempt it at all. I am one who should never talk on the phone while I’m driving and I would NEVER attempt to text and drive, unless I was on a suicide mission.
While somewhat relieved to know that I’m not a total failure, it’s still depressing. Apparently, there are no short cuts to getting my “to do” list completed, outside of hiring someone else to do it. On my budget, that’s not happening any time soon.
Being ever the creative, I’m putting a new meaning to the word multitasking. When I say the word, I mean working on more than one project on the same day. The differentiation being “same day” vs. “same minute”.
I am one to get easily bored or distracted. I have picked 3 projects to work on over the next two weeks. They are similar, yet different enough to keep me focused, and they are all in the same location, my bedroom/office. No wandering aimlessly from one location to another, allowing myself to get side tracked in any other way.
Project One: Clear all e-mails. I have 3 separate e-mail accounts, silly me.
Project Two: Review all photos uploaded to IPhoto and burn the keepers to disks. I only have 9000 photos to go...
Project Three: File the paperwork taking over my bed room. I have about 10 file boxes to get through.
My version of multitasking will allow me to move from one project to the other, as I get frustrated or bored with the one I’m working on. It will, also, allow me to fully focus on the moment I am living, instead of being distracted and overwhelmed by attempting to do too many things at once.
Tiny Change 5: One task at a time.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, maybe trying my version of multitasking will give you some relief, too. Let me know you results and ideas on making this work even better.