Thank you to Heather of Recovering Working Mom for your fun and real story on how moms just need to focus on one task at a time!
Here’s what I’ve learned about multi-tasking: anyone who says they are “great at multi-tasking” has a bubble over their head that also says “I get distracted easily, probably have ADD, and am really good at a lot of things, but not great at anything!”. Either that, or they don’t have kids.
When I was working I had this multi-tasking thing nailed. I was so good that after having my third child, I was driving home from work one evening and talking on the phone, while also pumping breastmilk. My mother, who was on the other end of the phone, was horrified (in hindsight, I am too).
After six months at home with my kids, I now cannot keep anything straight! I used to be highly organized, but now I have to actually write myself notes and put myself on a schedule for everything I do. All this kid time has turned my multi-tasking brain to mush!
For your entertainment, here is an example of how multi-tasking can literally turn you into a bloody mess. While training for my second triathlon (and feeling newly confident in my multi-tasking sport), I was biking with my friend just before sunset. It was a clear day, and from my vantage point I could see all the way to the ocean. As I was riding my bike I had turned my head to enjoy the view and veered off the path. In trying to get back onto the path, I flipped over my bike and this was the result . . .
Not succumbing to the dangers of multi-tasking, the next day I decided that my injuries had made me a hard core athlete and I went running (although I made sure I didn’t use any apparatus where I could hurt myself). This was the result.
I had a severe allergic reaction and my eyes swelled shut. I now know that open wounds and moderate hayfever are not a good combination!!! Needless to say, I did not get in the water for several days for fear that I might actually get eaten by a shark!
The moral of this story . . . As I began my journey into stay at home motherhood, a wise woman said to me “You can have it all, just not all at once.” And I have the physical scars prove it. So, my words of wisdom to new at home moms…multi-task at your own risk!