1-18-09 Right & Left brain
This week I was reading a new blog by a friend's daughter who is writing about her life, newly engaged, and in the planning stages of her wedding. A fun topic to blog about for sure. However, she wrote something that was all too familiar and dangerous....... multitasking...... Yes, I do believe that multitasking is dangerous.... and I'm guilty of it as well, but I'm trying hard to break myself of the habit.
I have a vivid memory about 10 years ago when I first became aware that I was practicing multitasking. I was working on Christmas letters, baking cookies, doing laundry, as well as watching TV. I actually felt proud of my ability to juggle so much at one time. There is nothing like multitasking to make you feel productive!
However, the feeling of productivity over the years has now turned to the feeling of unfulfillment. By living a life at a frantic pace, unfocused and easily distracted, I often wonder at the end of the day..... what have I accomplish? - Time seems to fly by and I can't remember much of what I did during the day since I have not "been in the moment" at all during the day.
So Dearest Shelby..... you are still young, maybe your brain will be wired differently than my generation's. You may be able to handle a multitasking life since you have been exposed to more technologies and distractions...... But please be aware of this, and if you find yourself stressing out...... be aware and look to see if you are splitting yourself in two, or three, or four or more tasks at once! Try to step back and find some focus...... close your eyes and become aware of your breathing.... this is a good place to start.
And...... I'll try to take my own advice as well!