Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I've made up my mind

I've decided what to give up I think.  And what to take on.  In a way I'm choosing things that are much less tangible than giving up dessert or diet coke.  It is something that is harder to define and sometimes even considered a good thing.  For the first time I am not certain I whether or not I will make it through Lent without a few slip ups.  But I am going to try.

And what exactly am I going to try?  This Lent I am giving up Multitasking.

I think there is a certain tendancy to want to make the ability to multitask a plus.  We think we are being more efficient because we are able to get more things going at once, but more and more I find that it really keeps me from getting anything done.  I gives me a sort of ADD flitting from task to task with no focus or finish.

So for Lent I am giving it up.  I will try to do only one thing at a time, with purpose.  If I can I will do one thing until it is complete, or I will do it until a natural breaking point.  I do have a few exceptions that I am making however:

1.  I am allowed to read a book or be on the internet as I eat lunch.  I know it is bad to do things while eating but that is "me" time and I need it for my own sanity.

2.  I am allowed to do the same while I am pumping because pumping and sitting is boring and it is hard enough to convince/remind myself to pump these days.

3. My son will always take top billing and I can drop anything to attend to him.  Likewise I can also start dinner or other necessary tasks while caring for him.  I cannot however, watch tv or be online while playing with him.

We'll just see how it goes.  Honestly I'm a bit skeptical of my chances here as I am already prone to starting tasks without completing them.  But I am going to try.

And as for what I am taking on.  Each day I am going to try to consciously do one of the things I have a mental excuse/block about.  By this I mean I am going to choose to do one thing each day that I have the resources and time to do but the only reason I am not is because of my internal dialogue.  "I have a lunch here but really want to go out to lunch"  "I am really too tired to work out" "I can play one more game of bejeweled and leave the dishes for tomorrow"

My goal in all of these things is to begin to live more intentionally.  I think I often waste a lot of time and energy making excuses and doing too many things at once so I want to learn to live with purpose and focus about the things that I choose to do.  Because ultimately everything I choose to do is just that - a choice.

If last year's lent was all about control and patience, I am hoping this year's lent will be about purpose and focus.  We'll see.

If you don't have Lenten plans yet do you want to join me in my Lenten journey?  Do you have your own plans for Lent?  How many updates would you like to see about how I am doing?


Rebecca said...

I didn't know Lutherans gave up things for Lent! You must be a different breed of Lutheran than I am. For Lent, my peeps indulge in the goodness of things like Diet Coke, desserts, and multitasking...

LutherLiz said...

We are just normal Lutherans but many Lutherans choose to give up something for Lent. It is a voluntary thing though!

Monkeymama said...

Giving up multitasking is usually my New Year's resolution. Trying to focus more on what I'm doing instead of flitting about.

This year for Lent I'm giving up most of my web surfing. I'll go on-line maybe once in the morning, once during nap, and once in the afternoon. Evening isn't usually as much as a problem as daytime. I'm also giving up the horrible unhealthy evening snacks that I've been eating lately. Seriously, a 200 calorie limit on my night time snack is an upgrade.

I always try to add something to my spiritual life as well, but am not feeling it yet. I have some books from a bible study that I dropped when Joe was born - maybe I'll try to pick that up.

the cheap chick said...

Apropos of nothing, it was totally AWESOME meeting you today!

Roxy said...

I am cutting back on Diet Coke - 3 the first week (yes that is PER DAY), 2 the second, one the third. It's good for me and my pocketbook.

I'm also going to try to have more patience with everyone.

Renee Schafer Horton said...

Oh, I'd tellyou what I'm giving up, except the sermon today and Sunday was about how you should do these things in secret and all that! Ugh! No support! :-) Good luck!

Kim said...

Liz, I think this is an amazing thing to do.

I've been away from church for so long I've lost track of the church calendar, and I didn't even think of giving anything up this year.

But what you've already given me by giving something up is the reminder that I need to be more intentional in my time with the people I love. I need to make an effort to be fully present in my time with them. I also need to be less selfish with the time I take for myself.

Amelia Sprout said...

I think this is a great idea. I've been known to, even as an atheist give up stuff, just because I think it is a good exercise. Not always in sync with Lent, but sometimes I do. Good for support.

I love your idea, and I wish I could do it. Work however demands otherwise now. Maybe later this year.

Unplanned Cooking said...

What a great post. I always wonder how I'd feel if I slowed my life down a little. Everything doesn't have to been done right now.