How many times do you check your phone while you are driving?
You get to a stoplight and try to send an email or follow up with that text you just got.
Ooh – something just popped into your mind and if you don’t make a note you will forget.
You get a text so you safely use voice text to send a message back, yet Siri doesn’t type what you said you have to erase what she typed and it actually takes longer than it should have.
Our minds are consumed with so many “to-do’s” that we feel the need to multi-task in every facet of our life – including driving.
I am guilty of it too. I feel horrified to admit this and I know there are some people out there who are appalled at the fact that I am disclosing this, so forgive me for my honesty. I know I am not alone cause I see all of you at the stoplights too.
I have thought about the possibility of trying to stop multitasking altogether. It’s possible I am sure. But is it realistic for someone who owns several businesses and is constantly coordinating and moving pieces throughout the rest of her life?
I just don’t think so.
I DID decide to pick 2 areas of my life where I will stop multitasking.
When I am driving and when I am putting my kids to bed.
I have to be honest….IT IS HARD!!!
I have to remind myself to stop when I reach for the phone. I say to myself “What if I just drove.” or “What if I just listened to my child.” “What if I could just be.”
I have designated these two times as my time of the day where I don’t have to multitask. Nothing is urgent and no one is in need. (Unless it is and they are, of course.) I do not have to answer immediately and I force myself to be present and in the moment.
Did I mention IT IS HARD! But as my brother likes to quote from the movie Inglorious Bastards, “You know how to get to Carnegie Hall, don’t ya? Practice.”
I have made this commitment to myself and to those around me.
Not only is catching up on emails and text while sitting at stoplights an unsafe practice that too many of us do, it’s also not allowing me to have time to just be.
Our brains need a rest. We need to focus on the task at hand and be okay with that.
My children need to see my face without the glowing light shining on it. I need to spend this snuggle time with my kids because there will come a day when they won’t let me do that anymore.
Guess who WILL still need me?—the person on the other end of the phone. There will always be someone and something other than my kids that will need me and want my time.
I choose to give this time to myself and my kids.
What time of the day would you choose to designate to yourself? Pick one. Or more if you can.
What if you just __________?
Good things ahead, my friend!
Ready. SET. Go.