My friend Tammy Isa is a brilliant woman who juggles a busy career along with motherhood and being a great partner to her husband Shareef. She sent me this post today and I thought it was so good it should be re-posted so more people could read it. Here it is...
Overlapping is something I find myself doing. Trying to work on two things simultaneously. Usually half successful. The lesson in my action became apparent for me last evening.
I was readying myself to turn in for the evening. And, as usual, I was doing two things at once...
* Reading an article atop my dresser
* And pulling my hair back to ready myself for my cleansing routine.
First I clipped my hair. Then, as I was pulling on the hairband it got caught in the clip.
I pulled at it and continued to read. Next thing, SNAP, the band slapped into my Left Eye.
Here's the good news, I can see. Praise the Lord. My eye is simply bruised and swollen.
My son Kadin was rewarded with a bandana from our friends the Mehta's when he broke his arm snowboarding. It's become my eye sling! I'm wearing it as a patch to cover my eye for the next few days. I'm feeling and looking like a pirate. There is some fun it that actually.
Onto the lesson...
Reflecting on the situation, I have determined that I strive regularly to be 'efficient'. Yet in the moment, I often am not. Case in point with the hairband. It's cost me more time than I ever gained...
My Lesson- to be more mindful of the activity at hand and complete the task before I set-out on the next. I recognize that this change to being more mindful and completing one task before I start the next will be hard. The consequence of not choosing to do better could be a lot worse next time.
I am sharing this with you to acknowledge you, and to cause you to reflect on your own patterns.
I believe we all go to fast, and do too much in one moment. We're trying to squeeze everything in...and make the most efficient use of our time.
I wonder if we consider increasing our focus to complete the task, whether we could get better results?
And I fear that this really is a warning. A wake up call to make me take notice.
Next time, I could be driving...