So as I try to slog my way through more crap at work than I need, it occurs to me that once again I have missed a day in my daily blogging goal. Ironic, I think, that the calendar for the day I missed, the 9th day, advised us to "keep a journal." I view this daily blog as my journal, and I am a firm believer that expressing one's feelings is a healthy exercise. But I must admit to being somewhat conflicted about whether keeping a journal really allows us to express it and let it go. Because we aren't really letting it go, we are recording it and keeping it for posterity. And we can relive it as many times as we re-read it. Or at least that's what happens to me. A while ago I pondered, I believe in an old blog, whether it is better to write it and throw it away or write it and keep it. I am, at heart, a keeper. I am a historian of sorts, and believe that all things written should be kept for posterity. But I don't necessarily think that is what is the healthiest thing for us. I don't have a solution to this obvious conundrum, but I do think it is an interesting topic to explore. What do you think?
As for Spark's advice to us today, it boils down to a saying I first learned from my first year accounting teacher: K.I.S.S. or, "Keep It Simple, Stupid." Here's what Spark says:
Don't multitask. With a lot to do in a little time, you might think it's efficient to multitask. Talk about stressful! He who chases two rabbits catches neither. Focus on one thing at a time for a better outcome.
Now this, I completely agree with. When I was younger, and my mind much more nimble, I could successfully multitask many tasks at once. But the older I get, the more easily I get overwhelmed when there is too much to do. So I have learned that really, I work better when I start and then finish one task at a time. It's funny, I figured this out by watching my mother. She starts one thing, then gets distracted and moves to another, and sometimes even another. The result? Nothing gets finished. Which is why I find it so interesting that her advice to me when I talk about how much I have to do, especially when I am home trying to clean my house after a couple of weeks of neglect (something very common when you are a hockey family, when entire weekends are spent, it seems, in hockey rinks), is to pick one room and do it start to finish, and then move to the next one. So if only she took her own advice, but I suppose that relates to every single one of us. Why are we always so much better at solving other people's problems?
Anyway, I think Spark is leading us down the right road today. So remember: K.I.S.S.