This morning I needed to put something away in the guest room.
I walked in there, put away the item, straightened the bed, opened the blinds a little more, remembered that I didn't make my bed, went into my room, but put away my hairdryer, and straightened up the bathroom counter, saw my water glass and realized I needed to water the plants, then I made my bed, then I went and wrote down this list of tasks so I could document for myself that I can really let my mind be a mess.
So I originally went to put something away in the guest room...I ended up doing six more tasks. Great for my house staying neat...not so great for my over all mental organization.
That's what I do though...a little bit of this, and oh wait that, and maybe back to this...and then there was that too...not even including the fifty breaks I decide I need or deserve or can easily melt my day away with.
Part of the reason I am thinking of this is because I am currently faced with organizing the upcoming semester for myself and last semester really left me feeling like I could not handle life no matter how hard I tried. As I really began to realize last spring, I have chosen a career with the potential for a ridiculously heavy workload, but with an extraordinary amount of freedom. Which means the time is there, it's just waiting for some good management.
"A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention”
"Studies show that the human mind can only truly multitask when it comes to highly automatic behaviors like walking. For activities that require conscious attention, there is really no such thing as multitasking, only task switching"
"Committing to ignore distractions is rarely enough...we must strive to remove them entirely from our field of attention. Otherwise, we’ll end up using half our mental energy just keeping ourselves from breaking our own rules."
"While it feels easy enough to put one task on hold to start another, studies like this are a reminder that we find it very difficult to let go of unfinished challenges. They continue to draw on our mental resources even after we think we’ve switched focus. What’s more, attempting to ignore this mental tug drains us even further. If you can, it’s best to find a good stopping point on a project— one that frees your mind from nagging questions—before moving on to another task. That way, you’ll find it easier to achieve mental closure and apply all your energy to the next challenge"
I have always thought this print was super cute (from this Etsy shop) and a never-ending theme in my life.
Sure, I work hard, I work a lot, and I absolutely thrive on ideas...they are truly what drives me more than any other aspect of life. However, I am so ridiculously dumb and careless about productivity. I allow myself to jump around with reckless abandon and then kick myself when a dozen tasks are in process and barely one gets completed.
So, I am going to try to be much more cognizant about sticking to task, without distractions. No more leaving my in-box (or three including school accounts) open all day...no more ten minutes of this...four minutes of Instagram...and so on.
Today I tried to really use the concepts I am learning in the book and finished a task completely, so it could stop taking up mental energy. I finished my little December Daily-ish album. I ran out of page protectors and was missing one photo, but I just finished absolutely everything else and then I sat down and ordered the last photo and set of page protectors.
And there we have it. I can scrapbook uninterrupted and get something accomplished. Not even close to resembling a full day of disciplined work, and it sadly took more effort to stay on task than it probably should. But it's a start...and a fun way to practice what I can hopefully begin to master. One task at a time.