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The Multi-Tasker Needs to Retire

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I was reading one of the many emails I receive from FlyLady. I swore that I had written the letter. It was from a “FlyBaby,” complaining that she couldn’t get the list and the missions done each day in order to de-clutter her home.

Remember the List?
* Morning Routine:
• -Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth
• - Make Bed
• -Swish & Swipe
• -Empty Dishwasher
• -Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS Away)
• -Check Your Calendar
• -Check Your Control Journal
* What’s For Dinner
* Drink Your Water
* Declutter for 15 Minutes
* Before Bed Routine:
• -Lay out Your Clothes for tomorrow
• -Check Your Calendar
• -Put things needed for tomorrow at the Launch Pad
• -Where are your Keys?
• -Spend Two Minutes Clearing off a Hot Spot
• -Shine Your Sink
• - Wash face/Brush Teeth
• -Go to Bed at a Decent Hour

Then there is the Daily Mission in the weekly Zone that takes 15 minutes. Add the 5 minute “Room Rescue” for those of us that are just beginning.

It seems like so much. It seems overwhelming at times. What is more overwhelming is when I haven’t done them. Worse yet, I left everything ½ done. I immediately notice that I’m not as relaxed and I’m running behind. The whole point is to finally attain the organization I’ve been seeking.

The answer the FlyLady gave was thought provoking and I wanted to share it. In fact, I implemented it last night and at work today. Turn off and Tune in.

Quit trying to do 3 items on the list at one time! Turn off the noise. Do not allow yourself to be distracted or sidetracked.

Example: I am in the habit of cooking dinner, unloading dishwasher, making my lunch for the next day AND watching something on Netflix while texting.

Last night, I shut the TV off. I cooked dinner. I ate dinner. I loaded the dishwasher. I made my lunch. I folded the laundry. I was actually done around 15 minutes ahead of schedule!

Today: I was unloading my truck. My boss and a floral rep called. I told both of them that, “I’m in the middle of something, can I call you back?” Price changes came by fax, I set it to the side. I got everything done. I was more relaxed. My desk is cleared.

I’m retiring my multi-tasking wings. Someone else can use them. I’m going to FLY by Turning Off and Tuning In, because it is working.
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