Have you ever tried to multi-task?
I know….right? 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 it works like a charm.
You sell t-shirts for the cheerleading team while adding pumpkins to urns on the front porch.
You edit all the photos for this post while washing two loads of clothes.
You sweep off the back porch and water the flowers and go over your speech for tonight.
Like talk show might call you up to interview you to see how you get it all done.
If you were a superhero they would call you the efficienterator.
It becomes amazing day at the farm.
Your list gets shorter and shorter and shorter.
You blink twice and there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
Why didn’t I try this before…..you tell yourself.
It’s going so well and zipping by so fast with out 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 best friend on the phone.
I mean….isn’t that what speaker phones 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 vintage maple buckets?
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 get off the phone because you’ve 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….you’re extra-tasking.
The moral of the story? The lesson learned right here in the middle of this fall 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 beautiful fall leaves outside, smell the crispness in the air, smile at the world, take a sip of coffee and enjoy the sunshine….
….and tackle one thing at a time. 🙂
And for the next stop on the fall tour… click here to head over to City Farmhouse.
You can also start the tour from the very beginning over at Laura’s by clicking here.
And a giant shout out to Better Homes and Gardens for partnering with us.
And this year, we’ve added something extra special. We all want to see YOUR fall decorating ideas. Want to be featured? Simply share some of our favorite fall ideas this week on Instagram. You can find me on Instagram @thistlewood
(if you don’t have an instagram….just e-mail me a picture and I will feature it on my Instagram feed)
Share pictures of your fall decorating on Instagram and use the two hashtags:
#BHGCelebrate for a chance to be featured on BHG’s Instagram
#findingfallhometour for a chance to be featured by me or one of the other bloggers participating on Instagram
Happy fall, ya’ll!