The other day I woke up, got dressed and started to scrub my bathroom, hand wash a sweater, and grabbed some files to take downstairs.
I received a 2-drawer file cabinet from a friend and I wanted to transfer files that I was keeping in a file box to the cabinet. This led to reviewing some of the paperwork that I was keeping and putting it away or putting it in the recycling or shredding it, which led to emptying the shredding into the recycling bag that needed to be emptied into the outside bin which led me to look at my plants in containers that needed to be watered. Of course that lead me away from my original task of transferring files from the box to the cabinet.
The distraction of other tasks that needed to be done took me off the task I was working on. This happens so often when I start cleaning one room and I have something that should be in a different room and I take that item to where it should be and while I am there I notice another item or task that needs to be taken care of.
I have to stop myself and remind myself of the original task I was on so I can go back and finish it. Does this happen to you?
This distraction also happens with technology. I will be checking my emails and I receive an email that has a video to watch or an audio to listen to and I start watching it when I realize it has taken me off the task of checking emails and proceeding to the documents I need to work on. I again have to ask myself what is the original task I needed to complete.
It is so easy to get distracted these days with so many tasks and disruptions. I am reading Arianna Huffington’s book “Thrive”. She talks about when she fell and had to go to the hospital. She fell because she was sleep deprived and trying to accomplish too much just to keep up with her work and her busy life. Arianna Huffington said she realized she needed to slow down, be mindful, meditate and sleep.
It is important to remember we are human not super-human and you may not be able to accomplish everything on your to do list in one day. The tasks will still be there tomorrow, “after all tomorrow is another day.” Thank you Scarlett and Gone with the Wind for the reminder and yes it will be okay if not everything is finished today (maybe).