Have you ever had a day where your to-do list stretches around the block?
You are decorating your kitchen for fall and decorating with leaves from the yard and answering to mom and trying to figure out what everyone is going to eat this week and trying to round up sponsors for the cheerleader fundraiser and encourage your mother and help a friend pick out paint colors.
The list is long and the day is short.
You try and get it all done.
You wish you could order up extra hours at the drive-thru.
But for every item that you check off, you add two more.
And somewhere in the middle of all that trying…..
….you have a brilliant idea.
You are going to multi-task.
I know, right? Did you nod? I thought it was an amazing idea, too.
Two things at the same time?
Crossing two items off the list with a single stroke of the pencil?
Brilliant idea you tell yourself. Simply brilliant.
It has to work. I mean, you’ve seen your mom successfully do it and friends do it and you think you’ve tried it before.
How hard can it be?
Kind of like rubbing your stomach and patting your head.
At first, the whole thing works like a charm.
You sell t-shirts for the cheerleading team while adding pumpkins to a basket in the kitchen.
You edit all the photos for this post while washing two loads of clothes.
You fill the glass vase with leaves for the island and wipe off the counters.
You become the most efficient of people.
Any minute a talk show is calling you up to interview you to see how you get it all done.
If you were a superhero they would call you the efficientator.
It is an AMAZING day to be you.
Your list gets shorter and shorter and shorter.
You blink twice and there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
You ask yourself, “Why didn’t I try this before?”
It’s going so well and zipping by so fast without a hitch. Everything is wonderful. Everything is working out.
Until it doesn’t.
Until you decide that you are going to sew a ruffle onto a sheet and talk on the phone to your friend on the phone.
I mean, isn’t that what speakerphones are for?
The conversation goes a little like this.
You: (brrrrring….the sound of the sewing machine) Hello?
Her: I need your opinion.
You: (brrrrrrriiiiiinnng….never pausing the sewing) Of course. You have come to the right place. My specialty is opinions.
Her: What do you think of painting my island a navy blue?
You: (brrriiinng) I love them. (brrrrr) What a fun idea (briiiinnnggggg) I think I……(clunck, thud)
You: (with the sound of anguish in your voice) I have to call you back.
You just sewed your shirt to the ruffles on your sheet.
Then when you try to get the two apart, you break the sewing needle with half of it still threaded attached to your shirt.
Now you’ve added drive to Wal-Mart to buy a sewing needle to your to-do-list.
And instead of multi-tasking?
The moral of the story? The lesson learned right here in the middle of this fall kitchen tour?
Multi-tasking is awesome.
But trying to get everything done in double-time can be overwhelming and exhausting.
So today my friends—take a lesson from someone who almost lost the shirt off her back.
Press the pause button.
Take a break.
Then look around at the blue skies outside, smell the crispness in the air, smile at the world, take a sip of coffee, enjoy the sunshine….
….and tackle one thing at a time. 🙂