Tuesday, February 23, 2010


So, I suppose you are wondering how Lent is going so far.  (Ok, so you weren't, humor me ok?!)

You guys, giving up multitasking is HARD.  I don't know if it the way I am wired or just the habits I have but I keep slipping back into doing multiple things at once all the time.  If I pause in an activity and look up at all I see something else that needs attention too and my hands and head gets all twitchy and I start thinking about finishing that up instead.  Poof!  My mental focus is gone just like that, just by looking up.

Maybe it is that I've been running behind for so long that I am scrambling to get caught up constantly.  Maybe I have ADD.  Maybe technology has brainwashed us to think that doing more things at once is better.  Maybe I have the TV on too often, but it is so hard.

But, despite my frequent mental derailments I am being more productive lately.  I don't know if that is the fact that I've had deadlines and events that force my focus or if it is the mindful attempt to quit the multitasking but it is there - a small increase in my productivity.

Already my attention span for this project is waning.  It seems hard and I question whether it is even needed.  My brain is playing the same tricks it does about dieting, or exercising, or getting to bed early - "its ok, just this once"

And I give in more than I should.

I'm resigned to the fact that this isn't going to be a perfect track record Lent, like giving up chocolate might have been.  Instead I'm going to keep climbing the hill even if my rock falls down it again and again.

How are you guys doing a week into Lent?


Elizabeth said...

I admire your attempt to not multi-task. As soon as I saw that was your goal, I thought, "No way I'd be able to do that." But I think it is important. I am trying to live more in the moment, and that's not possible while multi-tasking. So good for you for trying!

My goal was to Shred every day. I made it the first 5 days, but then got this cold and have skipped the past 2. I'm back on the bandwagon tomorrow!

Melinda said...

I'm doing okay at it. My Lenten practice was to be in bed by 10 and lights out at 11 (okay, I know that may sound lame, but it is a challenge for me!). I've been successful with the latter part, however there have been some nights that I didn't make it to bed by 10. In my defense, it has been because my daughter was fighting a cold and I was up with her, so I'm going to cut myself a break on it. I think God understands!

Kate1024 said...

i think the idea of Lent is the try and the practice- not the perfection. it's the conscious practice- which you seem to be getting an A+ in!!
My Lenten practice is about the same as yours- I am conscious of it but not perfect.
my advice, for what it's worth, is that we remember only God is perfect and we make mistakes. But we're trying to identify with Jesus' suffering, and that's the important part- to understand and observe, realizing that God will keep picking us up!

Rebecca said...

Increased productivity? I was told in a training once that would happen if I stopped trying to divide my focus. Hmm... it worked for you. They were probably right!

Anti-Supermom said...

Ha-ha, I have a draft post (in my head) about how I'm the queen of multi-tasking.

You are a better woman than me!

Valerie said...

So, I know you're aiming for perfection, but why not start out small? Just like with diet and exercise, it's always advised to take things one step at a time instead of throwing yourself into a big, overwhelming endeavor. Instead of saying, "I'm not going to multi-task at all" why not say, "I'm going to start this one project and not do anything else until I've finished it / come to a good stopping point." I tend to multitask too much when I'm cleaning, so I have to tell myself, "Just clean the bathroom. When the bathroom's done, THEN I can vacuum." I work harder and faster on the vacuum because I can't wait to get to the next step. Good luck!

Recovering Procrastinator said...

My attempt to give up procrastination once and for all is going slowly. I've done a little better the past few days than I had been in previous months but it's tough. I think I need to focus on one or two procrastination areas at a time. So I'm going to focus on my kitchen and getting my Heritage Makers business going. If I can stop procrastinating on those two things, that will be a big step.