Doing little and getting behind in everything (aka Multi-tasking)

It’s BC’s newest holiday today — Family Day. I suppose that makes it excusable to take the day off, but truthfully, I wasn’t going to be doing much today anyway. It’s a Monday, after all… my day to tackle whatever appeals to me. I caught up on some necessary correspondence over the weekend and today am back at the history project I mentioned last Friday.

Dr. Alexander Dunn - first Presbyterian minister in BC's Fraser Valley
Dr. Alexander Dunn – first Presbyterian minister in BC’s Fraser Valley

Being “back at it” is misleading. What I’m doing is a little like researching for a novel and never quite getting started on the actual writing. I’m still gathering, sorting, planning and yet not making significant headway towards producing the final album. Digging through fascinating old documents has become an insidious addiction. As I dig, the dust and dirty dishes accumulate. Fortunately the dishes hide in the dishwasher. When we’re almost out of clean ones my hubby hits the switch. (Gotta love modern conveniences and liberated men!)

When I was a working woman I would have said I multitasked quite well. Now that I’m retired I can’t seem to focus on more than one task at a time. If I start more than one, none of them gets finished. I’m resigned to picking just one thing and seeing it through to conclusion. This month’s ‘one thing’ is our church history. St. Valentine’s Day is this week. Last year I baked special goodies for the occasion, but I’m not sure that will happen this time. Depends on how much progress I make on this history thing.

How are you at multitasking? What suffers most when you’re engrossed in a writing/research project?

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Published by Carol

A freelance writer of fiction and non-fiction living on the West Coast of Canada.

4 thoughts on “Doing little and getting behind in everything (aka Multi-tasking)

  1. You’re busy, yet you take time to blog. Now that’s multitasking, Carol! More than I can do. I’m struggling to come up with a post once a week. In house multitasking I can do: laundry, dishes, floors, beds, it all seems to work out. But ask me to blog, edit, read, and critique, and I’m panicking. When I’m really engrossed in writing, dinner preps take a backseat. Good think my fine husband cooks!

  2. I am a good multi tasker but when I am doing research, everything else takes a back seat. I tend to try to do too much at once and I am learning to cut back. But it isn’t easy. Had a good productive Family Day. So great to have a day off of work between Christmas and Easter.

  3. I love that you’re taking on the church history. My mother served as historian for her church during the last five years of her life. She regretted having to give it up when her health failed. The position languished for nearly ten years before another took it up.

    Don’t be discouraged that it will never be done. Churches are making history every day. Just bringing the history up to date is a huge undertaking. Praying for your concentration and success.

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