Jenelle Law one of my former high school students has made a great video about multitasking. Jenelle is currently studying graphic and media design at the University of the Arts in London. Her video really struck a chord with me. It catalogues the downside of multi-tasking. Click here to view the video.
I’ve been doing lots of thinking about multi-tasking lately because there are so many things I want to accomplish- things I want to write, study and do, new things I want to learn. Jenelle is right.
If I flit from one thing to another I don’t get nearly as much accomplished as I do if I tackle one task at a time. It’s tough though because while I’m writing a series of devotionals my middle grade novel manuscript is calling out to me. When I’m working on an assignment for my online art education course I’m also itching to get at another blog post. As I hurry to get my newspaper column in by deadline I wish I could be working on the latest story I’m writing for my grandson. So I tend to dabble in too many projects at once and since I’m working on my computer I check on Facebook and my e-mail in between. Not very productive!
I read a book a few years ago called Women Food and God. Author Geneen Roth provides seven rules for a healthy eating habits. One of those rules is to eat without distractions. Distractions include radio, television, newspapers, books, intense or anxiety-producing conversations or music. In other words don’t multitask while you eat. Jenelle discusses this as well in her video and it’s wisdom that is hard to follow but really does help you to eat in a much healthier way.
I’ve always said that one of the reasons I loved being a teacher was because I learned so much from my students. Now I realize I’m still learning from them even when I am no longer their teacher. Thanks Jenelle!
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