05 Mar 2013 @ 16:06 

I read recently that people that do two things at once – do not in reality. They are actually just switching their focus quickly from one thing to the other and back. Hmmm, so I suppose all these years that I thought I was doing two things at once I was just extremely fast at changing my focus.

In my case changing focus quickly worked hand in hand with my short attention span for most things. At work, during the afternoon rush, I was “doing more than two things at once” – and usually well. Each job I held required multi-tasking and had built in interruptions. Chaotic – perfect for my short attention span.

The only times I could focus for any length of time have been:

  • reading a novel that flowed well, I sometimes read through the night
  • redesigning the house in my head – or on paper, I could go on all day
  • choreographing a belly dance, I would go on until exhausted
  • writing poetry or my one novel attempt, I would get lost in my words

It dawned on me while writing this post: I spent most of my teenage/adult life multi-tasking. Perhaps my short attention span was more learned than not. I used to talk to Mom’s best friend when she was at the house, music playing, I dancing and carrying on a conversation. I don’t remember it as much as they do, it was natural to me, they found it a bit weird. (OK, it was!) But other than that I was normally lost in a book or studying. Not multi-tasking – hmmmm.

So, time to learn to do one thing at a time, at least sometimes.

Speaking of changes: time to get back to blogging. We have made a lot of changes to Panoply (our RV/home) and have a lot of catching up to do here. I have drafts written, just need to add pictures.

One day at a time, one action at a time.

Posted By: Marcia
Last Edit: 05 Mar 2013 @ 16:06

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  1. Bone says:

    At work, it feels like I’ve got 4 or 5 things going at the same time. And lately, I’m having real trouble focusing on things at home. I, too, wonder if it’s a learned trait/behavior.
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