Multitasking not my forte: Missing stillness
Around this time of year especially, when there are multiple invitations and holiday activities, I think a lot about the difference between multitasking and busyness. You see, as much as I like being a homebody, I enjoy socializing with family and friends too. Moreover, even though I appreciate the solitude that comes with being a writer, I also like the opportunities to interview and otherwise interact with others. Within reason, being social can energize me even an introvert like me.
So why then do I find myself sometimes being worn out by the hustle and bustle? Well, I do reach my limit on the number of socials that I want to attend and how many interviews I can conduct in a short time. Yet I’m starting to realize that the real stress on my mind and body comes instead from multitasking for a long time. My husband talks about how sometimes on his job, he needs to answer a support call, but also work on a website request, and perhaps also fix a computer. Multiple times during the day. Those types of days wear us both out. My teaching position typically requires me to multitask. I see this student, talk to this teacher, run off these papers…. That’s why in the rest of my life, I’ve learned to work hard to limit how many separate activities I do.
Right now though with holidays drawing close, each new day seems to require me to squeeze one more thing into already jam-packed days. It’s the nature of the season, I know. But I’m also starting to really miss the stillness. You know, those moments when you just sit and curl up your feet. Your mind wanders, not to three thousand things on your list, but to a new idea. And you feel that you can allow yourself time to listen to the world move about you.
That’s my week. How about yours?