The Beauty & The Trap of Multi-Tasking

A little over 3 months ago, I announced to my followers that I was going to take a summer hiatus from publishing my newsletter. I had decided that I needed to take that time to uber-focus my energy on some new efforts with my essential oil product line.

And to do that, I needed to have more space, more bandwidth.

So I took a good hard look at what was taking extra time in my life that didn’t need to, and the decision was made.

And what has come from these last 3 months is this:

A new understanding of both the beauty and the trap of multi-tasking.
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When I was in my 20’s, freshly out of college, I was standing firmly on the lower rungs of the corporate ladder, ready to scramble handily to the top, change the world. I had been hired by an up-and-coming publisher in the world of fine art greeting cards and gifts to manage a rapidly growing product line.

And I quickly came to understand that my ability to multi-task was prized.

I could slice and dice spreadsheets, redline a dozen proofs, sketch out next season’s product plan without breaking a sweat. I could call up important details on-demand in meetings and review multi-page legal documents without missing a step.

I liked it. It fueled me. It helped me climb that ladder.

Even when I left the corporate world 9 years later, I relentlessly applied those same skills to build my own business. It was what I knew. How I had learned that things “get done.”

And so, when I publicly claimed my hiatus 3 months ago, I was certain that it was temporary. That I would enjoy a few months of singular focus and then dovetail myself right back into the necessary juggling act.

That idea has now been completely obliterated.

Don’t get me wrong. I love what I do. I love that my work has many facets and takes many shapes and forms. However, I have come to see quite clearly that the skill of multi-tasking that once buoyed me, gave me definition, made me feel worthy … is no longer any of those things.

More often than not, it has become the thing that takes me away from what I am here to do.

A stealthy agent of distraction that falsely convinces me that more is more.

Because the funny things is, when I took a few balls out of the air, removed the stack of self-imposed deadlines, and slowly started to remember what it looks like to take action from the place of authentic inspiration, I became more productive, more creative and … dare I say it?

More settled.

I’m now having renewed, meaningful conversations with myself and with Spirit about what comes next. I am being shown how the juggling has obscured my vision, kept me from moving forward with clear, undiluted intention.

I’ve have wondered many times what has brought me here. Age? Experience? A flash of divine intervention and insight? Probably a little bit of all of that.

Perhaps it’s also the exhaustive nature of multi-tasking that has graciously unveiled this conclusion.

And that conclusion is not that I’m begging off multi-tasking for good. That I will now become a holy, ascetic practitioner of singular focus, please-don’t-distract-me-from-this-one-task-at-hand. Because really, I think I would shrivel up and die with too much of that.

However, I can say that I will bask in this new perspective. Remember that my capacity to remain aligned and in conversation with Spirit is directly correlated to a healthy conversation with the multi-tasker of me.

And that I don’t have to do more to be more.

 

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4 Responses to The Beauty & The Trap of Multi-Tasking

  1. Allan October 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm #

    Thank you Kimberly– this is a great message for all of us. I appreciate your insights. A.

    • Kimberly Jonas October 6, 2016 at 5:04 pm #

      Many thanks for taking the time to read through and send a note, Allan. Love to you.

  2. Magdalene October 7, 2016 at 2:27 am #

    What synchronicity! I too, am simplifying my life activities. My main hurdle is NOT to feel guilty for choosing to let go of these extra balls. The result is, I’ve fallen in love with myself and experiencing a new level of peace and empowerment. I feel more clarity from my guiding whispers and wonderful Surprises that I could not have planned better! So Kimberly, dear, I raise my heart in salute to you!!!

    • Kimberly Jonas October 7, 2016 at 8:01 am #

      Dearest Magdalene … what a beauty you are, in every way. To read this brings me even more calm and certainty. I don’t really think Spirit wants us to be in a frenzy all the time. (!) Love to you on *your* journey with this. Deep bow to you.

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