Monday, August 1, 2016

Multi-Tasking

"The faculty of bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgement, character, and will." (William James)
Multi-tasking seems to be a badge of motherhood. We seem to take pride in being able to do the most things at the same amount of time. I think it begins as a necessity. Laundry will never get done if we don't do it while bouncing a baby in a sling. Food will never get prepared if we don't learn to open the plastic storage cabinet and talk through their own cooking while we busy ourselves.

This morning I read that multi-tasking "reduces quality, creates skimmers, and wastes time."

As I began a new school year here this morning, I tried to focus my time on the task at hand. Less jumping from task to task. Less multi-tasking.

"Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run;
hurry and scurry puts you further behind." Proverbs 21:5

The funny thing about motherhood is you can be present all the time and still miss it. You have to be INTENTIONAL about the moments. Careful planning.

"Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus." (Alexander Graham Bell)

Mama Warriors - as we return to school this week, it's easy to become "busy" multi-tasking. Be intentional with your time. Don't skim over the moments. Don't reduce the quality of the time you spend with your children. Don't waste the gift you've been given.

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