For me, multi-tasking has always been something I have done. Even when I was in college I would cook supper or watch TV while I was doing my homework. Now, I somehow manage to juggle my sweet daughter into that mess somehow. I’m learning two things about myself though: I certainly don’t multi-task like I used to and distractions are eating a big chunk of my time every single day.
I’m not sure where the change happened, but I went from juggling two, three or sometimes even four different tasks at the same time to now getting overwhelmed by one task very easily. I’d like to blame it on the sleep deprivation, but I think that card may be a bit overused.
If you recall, I recently moved. The move in itself has presented me with lots of issues. Taking care of all the legalities of moving was a big distraction, but then came time to actually move all my belongings. I have gotten to the point where I am only focused on unpacking and I can’t do anything else until that task is done. I don’t remember this being such an issue the last time I moved when I was working nearly 60 hours a week. I must have gotten it done on the weekends and evenings somehow.
As lovely as she is, my daughter is obviously another distraction. She is just over a year old now and has discovered every single cupboard mommy doesn’t want her playing in. She has a giant toy box full of every toy you could imagine, but for some reason those yellow rubbery cleaning gloves have more appeal to a one-year-old wondrous eyes. So when I’m not busy being distracted by unpacking the house, I am running from one end of the establishment to the other trying to find what the latest mess she has created is. I may sound like I am complaining here, but I genuinely enjoy being her mother and all the perks that come with it! J
I have identified that I have a problem with these distractions cutting into my study time and productive time in general. Now that I know it is impeding on my other tasks, I have decided to actively do something about it. I block off times in the morning to work on house stuff and then I do whatever tasks can be done while my darling girl is awake like laundry, dishes, cooking, etc. Once she takes her late morning and afternoon naps I buckle down and that’s when I study, make phone calls, pay bills—you know the “adult” things in life.
I have had this routine for about a week and a half now and it seems to be working better than anything else I’ve tried. I am on the last quiz of Course 5 at the moment and can’t wait to be done with the program. I have started applying for jobs and submitting my resume to various companies, so hopefully I will get some part-time work for now and see where that goes. I hope your studies are all going well, too!