This year, I notice that I have become a fan of what I’m terming “anti-goals.” It seems like we’re always trying to move faster, do more things, get more done, make ourselves better. I’ve been trying all that, and it’s hard not to, but my genuine goals are currently tending toward the opposite: slow down, do fewer things (and therefore do them well), accept what is, and generally not drive myself crazy by running around (both physically and mentally) like a hamster on a wheel.

To my un-schooled mind, it’s really challenging to have these anti-goals and also be trying to build my business and support myself. I’m trying to learn how they can all be mutually beneficial to each other. What kind of perspective does “slow down” give to growing a business? How can a goal to be at peace in every day add to a goal of being able to support yourself? These are really interesting questions to me—questions I believe I will spend my life answering.

This brings me to the catchy title of this post: single-tasking. I often feel like an obsessive multi-tasker—and who isn’t? {I believe I have said this before on this blog?} There’s email and twitter, television and the radio, there’s grocery shopping and bookkeeping, there’s making money and doing the laundry. I find it nearly impossible to not do two things at once just to get it all done, and multi-tasking seems like a prerequisite for most working environments.

I said to my husband the other day, “My goal is to become a single-tasker.” He laughed at me for this, and it may sound silly, but sometimes I realize how completely different and calming it can be to do just one thing—say, working on art and not doing anything else—not even listening to music (although I do love listening to music). Sometimes my brain space becomes so full, that quiet can be absolutely freeing.

While it may not be possible to stop multi-tasking at a job, I really hope to become one of those people who peacefully goes about her business, doing one thing at a time, with plenty of breaks and short work days. This may sound like laziness, but I really think it’s more about appreciating life. Now, I will just keep working on how to combine these anti-goals with the idea of creating beautiful things and ideas to put back into the world. When I write it that way, it doesn’t sound nearly as hard as it might seem sometimes.

Life goals: create beauty, share beauty, take lots of breaks, do one thing at a time, live in peace, share peace.

Here’s one of those goals in action—otherwise known as “the cake break”:

Yum! I do love a good cake break! Wishing you many cake breaks, or just sit and talk breaks, or reading breaks, or stare off into the blue yonder breaks, or one of my favorites—a walking break. Happy day to you!


5 Responses to “Single-Tasking”

  1. 1 allison February 11, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    This is such a great perspective on life. Slow down? What the? I think I might need a cake break RIGHT NOW!

  2. 2 crafty fanny February 11, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    This is such fantastic thinking! I am always trying to take too much on, do too much, make it all happen now blahblahblah…Single-tasking…it’s almost refreshing to consider just having one thing to do and doing it!

    And your goals: simply gorgeous.

  3. 3 Mike McLaren February 11, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Gosh, when it’s cake break, that’s all I want to be doing at that time, and that’s all I want to think about at that time!

  4. 4 Kerri February 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Oh my goodness, I so agree! I’ve spent so many years trying to force myself to do and be more. Lately I have come to the conclusion that I’m just not that kind of person! I desperately crave a slow life to just do what seems most important. Maybe we’ll never be what the world think we should be, but I bet we’d be happy!

  5. 5 Googlover February 15, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Just what I needed to hear. I am guilty of over planning and over extending.I am glad to hear that someone else is advocating just living and enjoying it

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