Multi-tasking is not my forté. I get aggravated, confused, and frozen, then my stress level climbs.
In my mind is think, “What do I do first? There are so many things! What is a priority?” My mind runs around with everything roiling in it. At work, I write endless task lists, until I panic.
I freeze and get almost none of them done. I have solved a part of the problem by hiring Julie, who has no trouble with multi-tasking.
Having a TODO list of house items is easier, but still problematic because I try to order tasks in a system that baffles others, but makes sense to me. Here is my current list:
- Throw out old stuff from when I was a kid. Daunting, because I have to figure out where to start and make multiple decisions on what to discard.
- Water the palms out back. Hm, it started raining, so that disrupts the order of things.
- Weed the front garden. Ditto.
- Make strawberry-rhubarb pie before the rhubarb gets woody. I had better put off throwing out kid stuff because it’s supposed to get hot after the storm passes, since I don’t want the oven heating the house. I’ll check NOAA to see when the heat starts. Then, once the heat starts, I can go downstairs and throw out kid stuff.
- Send memory stick to Granny for her photo viewer and other items. Did I get everything in the package? That’s more important, so I should go to the post office. Pie first.
- I should really clean up my volumes of paper on the kitchen island counter.
The list grows. I think too much. I get discombobulated about the order of things changing, which makes my stress level rise.
But I like thinking!
I am at peace when I can focus on on project at a time.