Two weeks ago, while in the middle of answering emails (and clicking on link after link until I had at least two dozen tabs open that would need to be dealt with), I remembered I wanted to send a birthday package to my twin nephews.
So I opened another window and with a few clicks I filled my virtual shopping cart with fun picture books. And cookies. Animal cookies in a cute yellow school bus box.
What four-year old wouldn’t want to have cookies and then play with the cardboard school bus box, right? So cute!
So I put two in my basket, checked out and then patted myself on my super productive shoulder.
Then I continued toggling, replying, reading and jumping around my to do list.
Until the next week when my mom asked: Where did you buy those cookies?
ME: Amazon, why?
MOM: Your sister seems to think they were dog biscuits.
MOM: Yes. She was pretty sure. She said the ingredients mentioned the percentage of crude fat and protein.
ME: But why would they package it in a bus? Dogs wouldn’t care about that!! No way. It can’t be dog biscuits!
I checked my Amazon receipt and that’s when I noticed the things I’d been too busy to catch:
Great for finicky pets!
Made by Exclusively Dog.
Animal Shaped Dog Treats.
In my defense, I had started out in the food section, but with one click or maybe switching from animal “crackers” to “cookies” I ended up in the pet supply section.
“I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.”
The thing is, I know that I’m entering the Mistake Zone when I start toggling between tabs, email and everything else.
I worry I will type the wrong name (legal vs. writing name) when I switch back and forth between personal and writing emails.
I worry I will hit publish instead of save while I’m in the middle of writing the “vomit draft” of a blog post–which to me would kind of feel like walking out of the house without pants on.
Still, some days it’s hard to stop adding another chair on top of the stack.
But our brains slow down when they go into juggle mode and occasionally information can get lost between long- term memory and our short-term working memory.
And the next thing you know you could be overlooking important clues:
Made with human-grade ingredients. No animal parts or by-products.
It’s a good thing vacation is right around the corner, because I need a Balance Check. For now though, I will remember to breathe, take a fun day and feel the waves.
There’s no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves.
— Frank Herbert
Oh and take more time for tea. I LOVE tea!
And it’s even better with a great snack. Anyone want an animal cookie?
Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.
What are your thoughts on multitasking? Do you think it adds to stress or do you feel more productive?