How is your multitasking ability?

Are you able to multitask? I sure can’t. You would think that after I have failed over and over again when I multitask, that I would learn my lesson. But, I don’t.

Situation.Today, when I was trying to cook some Brussels sprouts, I poured some coconut oil in the skillet and turned the stove on to medium. I walked away to my bedroom because I was busy trying to get this blog up and running.

About 10 minutes later, I was still in my room, and I had forgotten about the fact that I had turned on the stove. I then started to smell something strange, like something burning. I hurried to the kitchen where smoke was filling up the kitchen and the dining room.

I turned off the stove and soaked the pan and scrubbed and scrubbed until I got it clean.

But it did not stop there. I had to open all the windows of the house and turned on the ceiling fans.  My son came up the stairs and asked, “Mom, what is the horrible smell?” I have to admit, I did feel like answering him at that moment.

After the smoke disappeared, I tried once again to place some Carrington Farms  coconut oil in the pan, which by the way, is my favorite brand of coconut oil 🙂 I then placed the Brussels sprouts in the pan.

Then, I proceeded to walk away again. I went back to my room to continue working on my laptop.  Ten minutes later, I went back to the kitchen and my Brussels sprouts were burning. I scraped the burnt Brussels sprouts onto a plate. I soaked the pan again, and scraped the pan, again. See how well I cleaned my pan 🙂

Thoughts and feelings. I am losing my memory. It must be the beginning of dementia!

Truth. I am a type 2 person, according to Carol Tuttle from Living your Truth, which means I should only be focusing on one thing at a time. Type 3 women, like my sister, are more likely to have success multitasking 🙂

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalms 139: 14

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me. O God! How great is the sum of them! Psalms 139: 17

This is the way God made me. I am fearfully and wonderfully made by God. He made me for a purpose. He loves me just the way I am. Even when I burn perfectly good Brussels sprouts.

This was not a one-time occurrence of burning food and my pans. There have been countless times I have burned food. It seems to happen more frequently when my children are interrupting my attempt to cook supper. Or I step outside to do something, and forget that I turned the stove on.

Outcome. Lesson learned: Stay in the kitchen the entire time I am cooking. Also, bring the laptop to the kitchen with me so I don’t burn any more food…or pans.

Do you have success multitasking? Do you truly believe that you have been fearfully and wonderfully made by God?

8 Replies to “How is your multitasking ability?”

  1. This happens to me all the time! Especially when I go to do something for “just a second” on the computer. I’ve learned I’m pretty good at multitasking – but only if all of my tasks are in the same room! 🙂

  2. I used to think I was a competent multi-tasker. Can that be a noun? I have since learned that I can only handle multiple tasks that require absolutely no decision making ability, provided there are no conversations involved & no interruptions. Since the LORD has blessed me with a family, none of the above is likely for me on any given day. I also realized that all those years I thought I should be multi-tasking, it was because I placed an immense value on performance and somehow thought that if I could “accomplish” more, I was worthy. I love what you said about being secure in Christ. I am okay. I have nothing to prove. Besides, multi-tasking reduces serotonin levels, & I simply don’t have any to spare. Also a type 2, I’m learning how to flow through my day to meet the needs. I readily admit to my kids, “Whoa, Mommy can only focus on one thing.” “Please wait,” now rolls easily off my tongue when they all ask me something in succession. I find it much nicer sounding than the overwhelmed noises I used to emit :).

    1. Thank you for sharing, Blended. Some days I need more help than others, as I try to flow through my day. Reminding your children that you can only focus on one thing at a time, is great advice!

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