2/22/16

Do You Multitask?

Hey everyone!  Welcome to week 8 of the new year....it sometimes feels that time is moving at lightening speed, doesn't it?  So many things to do and not quite enough time to do them seems to be the main reason we turn to multitasking.  Some say that a person cannot multitask and actually be successful at any of the things they are doing.  Hmmm....sounds like something a man might say!  If you've ever carried a crying baby on your hip while putting dinner together, you are a multitasker!  If you've ever cooked a large meal (like for Thanksgiving), you are a multitasker!  If you knit, crochet or blog while watching tv with your hubby, you are a multitasker!  Whether you work outside the home or run an in-home business, you are a multitasker!


I'm a multitasker!  I've carried on lengthy phone conversations while putting together "Welcome Bags" for a business I owned.  I've cleaned up my whole kitchen and solved all the world problems while talking with a friend.  If you've ever answered email or written a blog post while eating your breakfast or lunch, then you are a multitasker!  I don't think it's a bad thing, do you?




There are many things that do require our undivided attention.....listening to a child, because they know every time if you're mind is on something else and they will call you on it!  Talking with teens requires your full-attention, because you just may not get that many opportunities.  Listening to and lending a shoulder to someone who needs you is an all-in situation.  Driving...NO PHONE & NO TEXTING......enough said on that subject!  And please, please don't forget yourself.  Sometimes you are the most important person in need of your full attention, because if you haven't tended to your needs -- physically, mentally and emotionally -- how can you be strong and sharp for anyone else?  You cannot!


List-making and multitasking seem to go hand-in-hand.  The habit of making lists can be a very good thing, unless it puts us into over-drive in multitasking.  We are assured of a major breakdown if we don the cape and cuffs of Wonder Woman!  As I shared my thoughts on "home keeping" last week, we have to keep things in perspective and not feel the need to do it all or do it all right now.  



As women, wives, mothers, daughters, sisters & friends, a lot is expected of us and we expect a lot of ourselves.  Go ahead, multitask when the situation calls for it, but learn to recognize the signs that call for single-mindedness and blinders.  Don't become a wreck because you forgot to stop in time!

As always, thank you for stopping by.  I hope this is a great week for you!  And just remember:

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
I often party with these lovely bloggers:

Monday
Dee at Meatloaf and Melodrama for Merry Monday
Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home

Tuesday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday

Wednesday
Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop

Thursday
Jemma at  At Home With Jemma for Thoughts of Home on Thursday
Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home

16 comments:

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Morning Carol,
So great to read such an inspiring post and also a friendly and timely reminder that we simply cannot do it all, even though we think we can and we might even try! Oh yes, mulit-tasking is the name of the game for me as well.
Wishing you a lovely week!
Hugs,
Jemma

Debby Ray said...

Great post, Carol. I do know a few men who can accomplish the art of multi-tasking...but my hubby is not one of them. He concentrates on one thing at a time only. I think it is just something women do better...it's the way we were created, I truly believe that! I do agree with you...some situations require us to give our undivided attention. Love seeing all of your pretty photos!

Vicky Hunt said...

This was a great post! I honestly would not get anything done if I wasn't a multitasker! I always seem to be doing several things at once, both at work and home. There are times though and you pointed some of them out, when we shouldn't try to multitask and just focus on one thing or one person. Thanks for sharing! I hope you are doing well. Have a lovely week!

Hugs, Vicky

Consider It All Joy said...

2 x 4 whack! In this season, I have not taken any time for myself or my needs. It seems 'M' requires every ounce of my attention, even to the point of having to drop everything at work and run home to check on things. I don't see Any light at the end of this long and dark tunnel. BUT, God is faithful and He is good and HE will shine light in this darkness! Just need to make moments for myself .... As always, you continue to be in my prayers, sending blessings, Cindy xo

Feral Turtle said...

I think I have gotten worse at multitasking as I get older. I call it scatterbraining and I am queen of that. I have approx. eight projects on the go right now and unfortunately none of them are even close to complete. lol Love all of your photos Carol and mostly your words of inspiration! A great post. Cheers.

Maria Elena said...

Carol, multitasking is my middle name. :) It has gotten a little easier now, but when I had my business, was raising three young kids and my husband was still serving in the military, multitasking was a way of life. Sometimes I wonder how did I ever get it all done. Great post! I hope you are doing well. Lots of hugs. Maria

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I'm very much a multitasker. :) I don't think men have the multi tasking gene though. At least the men in my life. Lol! I'm a habitual list maker too. Post its are my friend. I used to have to multitask a lot more when my boys were little, but I still do it daily. I think it's a good thing too, as long as I don't start to feel overwhelmed. Sometimes I have to sit back and relax and take some time to myself to recharge. :)

Kim said...

Great post, Carol. I totally agree, stopping every now and then is important! I am a master multitasker, as most women are, and sometimes, I just need to take a break!! :)

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Carol,
Perfect post to remind us all to slow down a bit.
Thank you so much for your sweet friendship and joining in on Thoughts of Home on Thursday!
Hugs,
jemma

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Hi, Carol! I found you at the "Thoughts of Home" party, where we are neighbors. I love, love your cafe chair coverings. How charming and welcoming. Your words about being strong say so much. I've always said, you never know how brave you are, until you have to be brave. Life is often hard, but to keep moving is the goal.

Traci said...

I just love those jars! I'm learning that the older I get I'm not as good as multi-tasking. Or maybe I am multitasking because I start doing something & then get sidetracked with something else!!! It seems like I have adult ADD sometimes!

Stacey said...

Hi Carol. Sometimes I'm a great multitasker and other times I just can't do it. The key is definitely to know when to do it and when not to.

This is such an encouraging post. I love that you shared it with Thoughts of Home on Thursday. I'm also going to pin it to my Encouragement board on Pinterest. :)

Are you feeling good?

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, well you described me to a T. I multitask from morning to night. haha. It's how I get it all done, on time, no rushing around and still have time to relax when the jobs are done. What a fabulous post. You inspired me and encouraged me to think, maybe how I handle it all, is okay after all. Thank you sweet friend.
Hope you have a nice weekend and blessings to you! xo

Rue said...

I'm multitasking right now... I'm watching the news, yelling at the tv and responding to your post. What can I say, it's election time LOL

rue

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Great post! I've become a pro at multitasking! :) Wearing many hats as a woman requires it, doesn't it? ha! Love all the pictures in the post! ~Rhonda

Carol said...

Thank you, Rhonda! I do truly think it's a woman-thing....most men do not get it!

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