I’ve suspected for a long time that I may have issues with keeping my attention on one thing and focusing. I am a prolific multi-tasker and easily distracted. Not with all things. For example if I am interested in what I am doing I can concentrate and produce what is required. Blogging, baking, reading – I can lose myself in these things.
However when it comes to the mundane, my attention wanes. I’m sure this is the case for many. But whereas others can plough through I move on elsewhere. I can be forgetful and leave objects and even people in strange places. Confession… I once almost left my baby son on a supermarket car-park in his baby seat. I didn’t of course, but there have been instances of books flying off the top of my car as I drive away, as well as my purse.
One of the original reasons for starting on the journey of simplifying family life was to be more focused, have less clutter and reduce commitments. I have a habit of taking on more than I can manage. Particularly anything interestingly creative. Hence I have many an unfinished project hanging around. As well as piles of procrastination. I now attribute much of my untidiness to the fact I get bored quickly. It’s not an excuse, I accept my shortcomings.
With every cloud there is a silver lining. My shortcomings make me who I am. And I have some good attributes also, which are related to the way I’m wired.
But this post isn’t about me (not that you would have guessed that :-))
It’s about a very simple kitchen device that is helping me, and maybe could help you, if you too have trouble single-tasking.
This is what happens to a surface in my home if I let it. Oh yes, piles of paper and bits and pieces desperately looking for a home. I can easily walk by for days on end ignoring the clutter. After all, the idea of putting it all away seems rather boring to me, and there are other things I’d rather be doing. In fact there are a few cupcake recipes, I quite fancy trying out, that have been milling around in my multi-tasking mind for a few days now.
I mentioned above there are advantages to be the way I am. I see potential in things (this can be a curse when trying to dispose of redundant items however!). To the untrained eye this may look like a very simple wind-up timer.
I see a potential solution to my lack of attention span. Could it be that 10 minutes is all it takes?
Could I hold attention on the mundane for 10 minutes at a time, and make it more interesting by making it a game, and a challenge?
It would appear the answer is yes. There’s even 2 minutes left on the timer!
I don’t know whether this method will lose momentum, maybe. I’ve only been doing it a couple of days. But so far it’s worked to inspire me to unload the dishwasher, peg out washing, put laundry away and other tasks that must be done, but to me are as dull as dishwater!
The kids are experimenting with it too. It made getting changed and brushing teeth a little more interesting before bed last night. Although I’d never advocate hastily cleaning teeth – they’re for life after all! Look after those babies!
Any simple tips out there on how to beat the boredom of mundane tasks that must be done in life? Please share!
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