Wednesday, May 14, 2014

This, That and the Other Thing

I’m struggling, really, REALLY struggling with the edits for THE HITWOMAN AND THE 7 COPS, so I’m going to keep this brief because quite frankly I’m burning out brain cells at an alarming rate.

This: (I was just talking to B.E. about this earlier this week

I’m going to come right out and admit something that’s practically taboo to say in today’s world:

I am not a good multi-tasker. Are you?

This article calls multi-tasking, "task switching" and that's what I do.

I don’t feel like I’m getting a lot done when I multi-task. I feel like I’m not getting anything done. Or at least done well.

Right now I’m juggling five projects. I keep thinking I’m going to drop one and here a resounding SPLAT.  ((sigh))

I miss being able to focus. I hate feeling like all I do is rush around putting out one fire or another.

 I'm seriously considering cutting back, but I have to figure out how, and in the meantime I've got to do V, W, X, Y & Z.


I found this article about Law Enforcement adding texting to their crisis negotiation arsenal interesting. 

I don’t own a smartphone so if they were trying to negotiate with me this way,  we’d be in for a LONG standoff.

The other thing:

Just a quick note to say that if you’re around Friday between 6-8 pm (EST) I’ll be chatting away at The Book Club.
I’d love it if you joined me.

Tell me Killer Friends: Are you focused or frenzied? Do you multi-task/task-switch or do you do one thing at a time? (I'm open to any and all suggestions.)  What distractions are you facing this week? (I got new glasses and the headache that's accompanied them is a distraction, lol)


Janet said...

Sorry to hear that editing is giving you a headache (along with your glasses), JB! Hope things come together for you soon!

My only suggestion for multi-tasking, which I do (both the suggestion and multi-tasking - the nature of my job) is to set a time for 15 minutes and focus on one thing. Put all the other things on sticky notes and then put them out of your mind while you focus for that time period on that one thing. When the buzzer rings, pick a sticky note and go again. Of course, the time you allot could be 30 minutes - just allowing yourself to do one thing at a time is calming!

B.E. Sanderson said...

There have been times in my life when I've had to multi-task, but I can't for the life of me think of how I did it or what I'd do if I had to do it now. Nowadays I pick one thing and work on it until it's done or I need a break or I get to a stopping point. Then I work on something else.

Good luck, and like I said, if you need me to do anything, let me know. :hugs:

jblynn said...

Janet -- I like your idea a lot. Thank you! I often use a timer to force myself to get things done, but I like this idea too.

B.E. -- Thanks!

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