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I challenge you to read this blog post without doing anything else- not because the content is mind boggling or I have any breaking news but because multi-tasking is a hard thing to break…
M U L T I – T A S K I N G is crucial to my life. B U T I know how terrible it is. So, what am I supposed to do?? There are only 24 hours in a day and I certainly do not feel like that is enough. So I work, while making calls to the insurance company all while drinking my coffee and eating breakfast. Or I update Instagram while talking on the phone to friends all while watching Declan play at the park.
it has become such a habit for me and I assume for many of you. But according to all the latest research and writings it is terrible to do. I recently read an article on how multi-tasking is actually extremely unsuccessful and useless. But then why do I feel so productive when I am able to do all these things at one time? When I get some emails sent while eating my lunch or when I am able to respond to blog comments while out on a walk with the dog I feel like I really was much more productive than if had I chosen just one task. I think the concept of multi-tasking is much more generational (or so it seems). If the phone rings while my parents are watching TV they turn off the TV (or pause it) to answer the phone. Neither of my parents can walk and text at the same time. They have to stop and write their text then continue on. How inefficient is that? Well, actually it is much more effective than my ways and they likely accomplish more throughout the day and with more care and detail than I do. According the research your brain can not really focus on more than one thing, in the detail needed, to effectively complete the task. Blahhhh.
So, now what? Do I stop doing all the things I need to? Honestly, that is not a feasible solution. I need to check things off my to-do list. I need to get never ending list of errands, blog work, parenting and fun accomplished. Well, it is time to start prioritizing and setting up a system to effectively manage my tasks while giving each one the attention and detail it demands.
Photos: Jenna Sparks Photography
shop the look: leggings // sweatshirt // trainers // bag
So, while I am multi-tasking through life I like to keep it simple and active in athleisure wear. It is easy to put on, comfortable (obviously) but can still be sleek and trendy. Gone are the days of baggy sweatpants and over-sized hoodies to run errands. In replacement I offer these leggings and fleece lined hoodie. I am obsessed with these leggings to the point where my husband has asked me to maybe give them a break! They are softer than your normal legging and the added detail of the knee patches are my favorite. I love love love the pattern and the color. I would assume they are fabulous for a run outside but in full transparency I have not tested them for that yet! This sweatshirt is perfect for everything. EVERYTHING. It is fleece lined so it goes with me to the mountains, it is a slimmer fit so it is easy to pair with some distressed skinnies and it has a pocket (everything is better with pockets). The neutral gray is right up my alley but it does come in other colors. Super soft and easy to throw on over a tank until the weather really gets warmer.
New trainer alert!!! I find myself wearing trainers more often now that I am home- which seems the opposite to me as I hardly walk anywhere but I am i love with these Nikes. I was searching for a replacement/addition to my Flyknits and these were perfect. I am a Nike girl and I realize there are many brands to choose from. I love white despite my running around all day with my toddler!! The brightness and lightness of these babies are what keeps my feet super happy!!!
THIS BAG. THIS BAG. A late Valentines Day present from Brendan but soooo worth the wait. It is personalized, fabulous and extremely functional. Not only do I use this for groceries but I use this for swimming lessons (waterproofed on inside), taking the dirty dry cleaning and an all around catch-all. Northcote Rd was the name of our “high street” (main drag) in London and this bag hold an abundance of sentimental meaning. I know that 15 years down the line I will still have this bag; it will become that one perfect bag. I am so excited to start to use it at the farmer’s markets and for picnics. I am obsessed. You can have it personalized to anything you want- make sure to check them out- makes a great gift.
To start I have begun prioritizing my to-do list. Like many bloggers, moms, women, humans my to-do list is about seven months long but I am working at setting myself up to be more intentional and realistic on what I can accomplish on any given day. I literally make a hand written list, each morning, of tasks to accomplish that day. My attempts at making them realistic size is still a work in progress but each day I am getting better. Additionally I am putting my phone down… a lot more. When I am with other people or Declan I try to leave my phone in another room this way I am not tempted to multi-task. Am I perfect or consistent?? NOPE but I am actively trying these small things to feel more accomplished. I try to attend to one task at time to ensure it receives the mindset, dedication and attention it deserves; even the little ones like sending a quick text.
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