One Thing at a Time

I found myself this past Saturday at my favorite local hangout, Mark's Barbershop. I know, some people enjoy a trip to the movies or a stroll through the drive through at at that "unbun" fast food establishment but not me.

I like the barbershop- what can I say?

In front of me was an 11 or 12 year old boy waiting for a haircut. In his hand was a car magazine and on his ears a pair of headphones. He was multitasking, doing two things at once. The catch of course with multitasking is that we end up doing two things poorly rather than getting more things done.

Some great resources for curing a multitasking addiction are found at:

What's the Next Action
Breathing Space
Set Higher Standards
The Chattering Mind

As you start your week, consider doing one thing at a time. While you won't get two things done at a time poorly, you can at least say that you got one thing done well.

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  • Guest


     As a homeschooling mother of 11, six of whom are still at home and being schooled, multi tasking is essential.  There are not enough hours in the day to give undivided attention to each child, and each task.  Housework does not need to be perfectly done. Better a halfway job  of cleaning than no cleaning at all because there is not a time whem I would not be interupted and have my attention taken elsewhere to something more important.  If it comes down to choosing between not doing a perfect totally focused job of an essential task, and not doing it at all….  Better to teach the basics than to teach nothing because I cannot give a perfect classical education….A reading lesson riddled with interruptions by siblings needing help with Math, injuries needing attention and toddlers needing help in the bathroom is better than no reading lesson at all.



  • Guest

    Yes, I think that multi-tasking is essential for moms and doubly so for homeschoolers.  I save making my bed and emptying the dishwasher in the morning until my first-grader is here (I homeschool my grandkids) because I can listen to him read while I do those tasks.  In fact, I plan my day to try to have things to do that can be done with scant attention while a child nearby works on an assignment with intermittent help from me.  Fortunately a lot of cleaning and food prep tasks fit the bill.