As we launch back into regular, old life and re-establish our routines, I want to do all of the things.
I try to hold the fussy baby, while unloading the dishwasher and acting as a mediator between the two older boys who were wrestling which ended with one brother getting body-checked into the couch.
As I try to multitask, nothing I attempt has my full attention and it all becomes half-measures. Nothing gets done well and everyone can feel that they don't have my full attention. Cue more whining and crying and me trying to do more because I just want to get it done.
Let's re-commit to "holding one thing at a time" (Emily P. Freeman).
I refuse to do one thing at a time and I resist "just" tackling the task at hand because I don't think it's enough.
I fail to recognize I am not doing anything well and I will have to come back and repair my shoddy work when I try to do more than one thing at a time.
"Today, do less. Do it well... offer up your simple best" (Sarah Mackenzie).
This is so hard for me. I wonder if doing less and doing it well is enough.
The question I should ask myself is, do I want to commit to offering a quality version of myself to my family, others and my work or do I want to be a busy, pre-occupied person who never gives anyone or anything my full attention?
The answer is easy but the follow-through gets me every time.
The ONE task at hand.
What am I supposed to be doing right now? I need to give that one task, interaction or chore my full attention and then I can move on to the next thing.
No half-measures. Look him in the eye. Smile. Be present in THIS moment.