Monday, September 21, 2009

Multi-Multi Tasking

What's Jack up to? Jack is being Jack. A little bossy, a little cute, so very Jack. Keeping me on my toes.

It's early Monday, well, late Sunday night as I'm writing this and already I'm overwhelmed with the family schedule this week. Not just this week, this year really. As women we are the keepers of the schedules. Ours and everyone else's. Annoyingly, I found myself taking unnecessarily drives this weekend to classes that didn't happen because I didn't have a teen's schedule memorized in my head. Not that said teen should not have had their own schedule down. Sigh.

To make things just that more nutty, I'm already thinking ahead to the new year. January and February. So much so that the beautiful months of October and November are getting lost in the shuffle as just pages I'm flipping on the calender.

And in all of this I'm terribly afraid of dropping the ball. That my whole house of cards will come tumbling down from all my multi-tasking.

Knock Knock. Is it just me knocking at this door? Think I need a cup of tea and a moment to think about this.




Oh and thanks to Prof Melissa Harris-Lacewell on twitter for pointing me in the direction of this article from The Huffington Post on the ever growing unhappiness of women and and multi-tasking. A longtime sign of the times.

Best,
Kwana

10 comments:

Frau said...

Life is crazy,you will figure it all out probably lose some hair during the process or have a few Jack moments. Sometimes chaos is good. have a wonderful Monday!

pve design said...

You are not alone. Sometimes just saying no, or giving the task to someone else helps to avoid multi-tasking. Focus and clarity come with saying no and doing what you really want. We as women need to tell each other that.
pve

Debra said...

I agree with PvE. Learning to say no can be difficult- but an epiphany at the same time. We all need to strive for more balance in our lives in order to be the best that we can be...mostly for ourselves.

Ina in Alaska said...

Kwana darling please slow down and don't be so hard on yourself!!! Have a marvelous week... xoxoxo

Sheryl said...

Ditto Ina, don't be so hard on yourself and I know what's it's like trying to get a teen to use a planner - it's not going to happen.

Do you use the calendar on your Storm. Then you would always have it with you.

Have a great week and give Jack a scratch behind the ears for me.

Deidra said...

Whew. I'm out of breath just reading your post. Talk about juggling plates! You'll figure out how to deal with it all, of that I am sure. And you've been given some wonderful advice here. I'll add my two cents:

1. Less is more. It really is.
2. Don't forget to breathe.

Joyce said...

I think everyone here beat me to the punch with words of wisdom all good ones too! Now I need to go back and re-read them for me. Hugs my friend! xoxo

Melissa Harris-Lacewell said...

Thanks for mentioning that my Tweet about women's unhappiness. I have been thinking about it a lot lately. I appreciate the need to slow down a bit and actually focus on what we are doing in that moment. It can be hard with so many pressures. Your piece is a nice reminder.

Jax Cassidy said...

Hang in there! You're doing just fine and I know you're much more organized than I am! :)

Kwana said...

Thanks for the kind words concerning my post you all give so much encouragement and such good advice. You're right about slowing down, saying no and breathing. All so important.

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