There are few things in life that work better when spread thin. Butter and jam, yes… however, I am not one of those things.
In fact, as time moves along, I gain a greater understanding that I become less effective when saying yes to everything. Once during a job interview, I took pride in expressing that I multi-tasked well. At the time, it seemed like a badge of honor. However, that was the biggest story (southern synonym for ‘lie’) ever told.
Multitasking is stressful. It is distracting, discouraging, and downright selfish. It makes everything that is taking place about the person who is responsible for the task. It rids each moment of its richness as little details become lost in that individual’s frantic transitions. What should be productivity becomes busyness, and that is not a good thing. We should never confuse the two. Busyness without productivity is like walking in place. You get nowhere and you’re still tired.
The joy that is just below the surface fades when the focus bounces from one to-do item to the next. It is a very scatterbrained approach, dotting back and forth without focus and purpose. Redirecting energy to one task at a time is what I am striving to do. I am learning that whatever has my attention has my energy and I want my energy to go towards a greater purpose. So… here’s to focusing on things that deserve my attention and time, while not spreading myself too thin, ultimately restoring joy and being present in the moment.
K. Jones ♥