Monday, January 19, 2009

Multitasking: Art or Distraction

This article was on MSN this morning, and it set me to thinking about how I multitask in my own life.

In today's society, women (in particular) take such pride in their ability to multitask, but at what cost? Yes, it is important to keep everything running within the family, on the job, etc, but does this actually detract from producing quality work? In my case, I think it does. I think we get so caught up in "multitasking" or juggling everything at once, that we forget how to be in the moment and immerse ourselves in the task at hand.

I first started noticing the effects of this at work. I would have several projects going on at once, which is fine, but when I tried to work on them in bits and pieces at the same time, I found I was losing focus on what I was doing. When I prioritized and worked on them one at a time (allowing for phone, e-mail, and student interruptions, of course!) things were much smoother. This also happens during phone conversations. Remember the days when phones were actually attached to a wall and any task had to be within arms reach? Obviously, those days are long gone, and now with cell phones I can do lots of things at home or out of the house while I'm "catching up" with friends. Great, right? I'm not so sure. Because my mind is not fully engaged in the conversation at hand and is focused on other things, I don't recall as much about conversations as I used to. This pattern has emerged over time, and I would like to change it. I won't stop multi-tasking completely, but I will take more pride in what I am doing. Quality is more important than quantity, and I'm not failing if I chose to not do a million things at once. Multi-tasking certainly has its place, but it's not the only way to accomplish something!

(I'll climb off my soapbox now...)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Inside my head

This song has been going through my head ALL day. Good thing I like it.

Monday, January 12, 2009

A Green Thumb

Do you see this poinsettia? It was given to me at the beginning of December, over one month ago, and IT IS STILL ALIVE!!!! For those of you who know me and know me well, you will understand my excitement. I am not exactly known as the local green thumb and have killed more plants than I have kept alive. And, this one is still alive and kicking. Please allow me to revel in my excitement of keeping a plant alive for longer than a few days. Yah!!!!

Friday, January 9, 2009

New Years Eve Party

This past December 31, my friend Christina and I hosted our first ever New Years Eve party. If our current plans are any indication, this will be the first of many! Despite being planned rather last minute, everything came together beautifully and a grand time was had by all.
Sampling of our deliticable assortment of appetizers.
(This is the chocolate fondue with dippers, which tasted wonderful if I do say so myself.)
Guests acting silly right before midnight. We watched the ball drop, toasted each other,
and went a little crazy...well, not that crazy.

Assembling the mysterious whodonit Hitchcock puzzle.
Some of the guys.
Two tired, but pleased party hosts. (and yes, I am being attacked by a blower)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Goodbye 2008

Happy New Year, everyone!!! As my friend, Christina said,
may 2009 be a year of possibility.