Reflections on Multitasking

by | Sep 3, 2009 | Uncategorized

Speed Bump

Every now and then I have to take a step back and regroup-take a look at all I am doing and reevaluate my goals. Lately I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed. Although I am very excited about many things-too many things are finding a place on my plate.

On Sunday, August 30 there was an excellent article in the New York Times called The Mediocre Multitasker by Ruth Pennebaker. Researchers at Stanford University published a study that essentially showed "multitaskers perform badly in a variety of tasks." They get distracted, unfocused, and are weak at organizing information.

This made me think about my own life right now. I am enjoying all of it, but having a hard time being great at any one thing. Then you might ask-do you have to be great? No-but we don't want to be mediocre either. So the question is one of balance and acceptance of imperfection.

My goal is to work at my business of coaching and health education three days a week. I love working at home and via the internet and telecommunications. Coaching is a rich experience for me and my clients and I have enjoyed this year of teaching mindfulness for weight loss and stress management.

Currently I am working on updating my web presence and becoming more savvy at on line marketing. I find this overwhelming and exciting at the same time. Realizing this was out of my realm I hired a virtual assistant who has been working behind the scenes to make this all happen.

I am enjoying being a grandmother and everything stops when my granddaughters are around. This time is precious and priceless and I value each moment I can connect with them by holding, loving, playing, and just BEING with them. They are only 11 months old but we have a very close relationship. We are celebrating their first year birthdays and I can't wait!

My family is important and time spent with all of them is a priority. My home and garden are important to me so I do value my time in both. Sharing life with my husband and caring for our empty nest together is a joy. We enjoy our time at home and traveling and enjoy our adult children and their lives. And we both enjoy visiting with our extended families of origin.

Girlfriends are another top priority and nurturing friendships takes time for sharing and growing together.

I am also an officer in a women's group I love. It is a group of women who come together monthly to connect and hear a member present a paper each month on a topic of interest. We are a group of writers, artists and creative women who come together to share life and intellectual pursuits.

Near and dear to my heart and soul is my work with A Course in Miracles, a spiritual text meant for self study, but often needing support from a group such as mine. We have a retreat coming up on September 12 on Living the Course and while it has taken preparation and coordination, it will be a wonderful day for us to come together.

I don't want to give up any of this and yet, as I read the article, The Mediocre Multitasker I realized that I could not do it all and do any of it well.

At least, I won't be great at anything. So I either have to accept that in order for my life to flow and to feel like a dance, I might have to STOP whatever I am doing once in awhile and DO NOTHING but sit quietly, perhaps pray, meditate, listen to the universe for clarity to know what I can mindfully accomplish when I take action again.


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