Friday, November 30, 2007


In the week I have been without a computer except at work, where I had to work, I have been thinking about multi-tasking. I'm against it. If I multi-task, I become addled, foggy, and fragmented. I find myself making grocery lists while listening to Mark read to me, composing letters while reconciling an account, and mentally decorating while having sex. This is not good. All of these things require complete thereness. And I can't be in two places at once.

Even things that might seem made for multitasking, like planning a meeting while driving, can be fragmenting and even dangerous. I get to my destination, and I can't remember my trip. It's like drunk driving. You know you made it, but you check your bumper just in case. Not a good thing.

And so, I am trying to combat personal multi-tasking. Other people can do what they want. I am doing one thing at a time. I start with a to-do list that covers all areas of my life (and there are plenty.) Then, if I am working on something and an idea or rememory hits me, I jot it down on one of the notepads I keep nearby if it's something important. Often, it is just a flight, and I push it aside. It will come back if it is important. Then I move back into the moment and do a sort of focus exercise. BE the bank statement.

On the whole, it has been pretty successful. Fewer mistakes, better sex, happier people. I'll let you know how it goes.


David Crofts Munro said...

Complete thereness. No finer place to be, my friend. Difficult it is, however -as you have rightly and humoursly made clear- to shed the 'thisness' and 'thatness'.

A most enjoyable blog post!


Anonymous said...

I am inspired by your words regarding multi-tasking. I will keep you posted on the results of my efforts in the same area. And since I have so much less to do than you, I think it might be easier for me. On the other hand, I'm older than you are, so the old habit might be impossible to break. Time will tell and in the meantime. . . oops, breakfast is ready and I have to talk to this person I have on the phone and where's that book I was reading?