Monotasking

 

I read an article recently about monotasking.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/fashion/monotasking-drop-everything-and-read-this-story.html?_r=0

 

Doing one thing at a time. I like the idea. I relish the thought of not bothering to look at my phone each time it buzzes. Starting and finishing a task, I’m not sure I know how to do that. Now, granted, this is perhaps not possible for parents of babies and toddlers; there are distractions there that need to be tended to. My tweens though, they can understand that I want an hour of uninterrupted time to write and respond to my work emails. Then, I can give them some focused time as well. I vow, as of today, to not have my phone be my leash, but rather something for my convenience. I need a little more time in my life where I don’t feel like I’m being pulled from the house to the kids to the job to the phone to the emails back and forth and back and forth and back and forth. I’m going to try monotasking and focus on one thing at a time. I just now wrote this little blog, next I will make breakfast, later I will write 5 thank you notes, and I will not beat myself up for not checking the phone 20 bazillion times while doing each thing. I can glance at it at the end of each task. I can check Facebook once or twice a day. Whew, this is hard already, I talk about checking the phone and I think to myself, where is it? When is the last time I looked at it? Oh, wait, I could check my email quickly here on the computer… NO, deep breath, the world will survive without my checking my email for an hour, it’s ok. When and how did I, and many of us, become so caught up in the rat race? How do I untangle from it? Monotasking, I am trying it. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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