Multi-tasking

Do you ever – ever – do only one thing at a time anymore? I’m not sure I do. If I’m doing something, I’m thinking about something else. If I’m doing something else, I’m doing another something else at the same time. I doubt this works all that well, but I can’t seem to figure out how to stop doing it.

Latest epic fail details follow if you have the patience to follow along with me.

One of the joys of working from a home office is that you’re able to structure your day with a perfect blend of business and personal work. It all fits together seamlessly, allowing you to accomplish much, much more than you would if you had to shlep out to an office job somewhere. Ha! Not only Ha!, but Bwahaha as well!

What you actually get is an avalanche of personal and business tasks, all of which have to be done now. Not later, now. Soooo … I’d finished up an item for a website and I thought to myself, “Self, your husband is likely to expect dinner again tonight. Better do something about that.” Said husband loves anchovy pizza, so I left the desk and went into the kitchen. I got out the sourdough starter (we really cook around here) and started making pizza dough. Got the wet ingredients into the big mixer bowl and attached the bread hook. Opened the whole wheat flour canister, scooped out a scant 1/2 cup of the stuff and dumped a scant 1/2 cup of sugar into the mixing bowl instead. Doh! Dough doh!

If I’d had my mind on pizza dough instead of having my mind on something else and only my idiot hands in pizza dough mode, that wouldn’t have happened. I ran damage control on the dough as best I could, and I think it’ll be eatable. I think.

This doesn’t even begin to be the worst thing I’ve done, all due to doing one thing while thinking and planning on another. This has to stop, but I can’t see how. Anybody got any ideas?

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