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?