I just filmed a fall house tour today and wanted to share it. Come take a fall tour of the house with me.
Can I ask you a question? Have you ever tried to multitask?
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.
I had such a long list this week to get to that I multi-tasked my way through it.
At first it worked like a charm.
You listen to your favorite podcast while rearranging pumpkins and root-soaking the mums 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 the conference next week.
This week I climbed mountains and leapt over buildings with a single bound.
A true go-getter.
I checked off that list so fast, a talk show might call me up to interview me to see how I got it all done.
If I were a superhero they would call me the efficienterator.
I was so happy.
My list was getting shorter and shorter and shorter.
I blinked twice and there was a light at the end of the tunnel.
It was going so well and zipping by so fast without a hitch. Everything was wonderful. Everything was working out.
Until it didn’t.
Until I decided that I was going to pluck my eyebrows and talk on the phone to my daughter at the same time.
I mean isn’t that what speaker phones are for?
The conversation goes a little like this.
You: (pluck pluck pluck) Hello?
Her: I need your opinion.
You: (looking at the eyebrows and squinting) Of course. You have come to the right place. My specialty is opinions.
Her: What if I drive across the country to go to Colorado for spring break?
You: (pluuuuuucccccckkkkk) WHAT? I think I……(pluck, thud)
You: (with the sound of anguish in your voice) I have to call you back.
My eyebrows now have a hole in the middle.
I yelped and gasped and overplucked the hairs right out of them mid-conversation.
Now I just added growing my eyebrows back to my to-do-list.
And instead of multi-tasking, I’m 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 your friend with a holey eyebrow.
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. 🙂
PS Here’s a little video of the fall tour of the house so you can see the tour from one room to another.