Most things I do, I do slowly. I have been called poky and sloth-like (hopefully with affection). I like to think that this trait is partly because I'm very careful and thoughtful. Or else maybe everyone else is just going too fast.
I am usually content to move about my daily routines with the urgency of a slug but I admit I would like to get more done in a day. I thought the best way to stay slow but get stuff done was to multitask. For the past few months I've been drawing while listening to the RadioLab podcast or flexing my butt cheeks while writing emails or cooking and watching a tutorial on how to use Photoshop.
Turns out, multitasking is not for everyone and I am one of the people it is not for. I was unable to successfully divide my attention into multiple tasks. I was half watching an episode of Bones and missing vital mystery-solving clues all the while my sauce was bubbling over and needed a stir. I don't think I got more done. I think what I did I did less well.
So I'm ditching the counterproductive multitasking habit in favor of being fully present in all my daily activities. When I go out to plant my crocus bulbs, I will not be listening to an intermediate Italian lesson on my headphones. Planting bulbs is plenty entertaining for me. Maybe I'm simple minded but same goes for stirring sauce.
If I am stuck doing things slowly, I may as well savor what I'm doing.
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