I’ve written about being “squirreled” before which is the term we use in our household for being distracted (courtesy of the wonderful movie Up). I also use the phrase “multi-squirreling” in place of what others may refer to as “multi-tasking”. That age old question about whether we can walk and chew gum at the same time…I believe THAT is indeed possible. However, the rest of the stuff we try to do and consider ourselves “multi-taskers”….well, not so much.
I have embraced the concept that it is not possible to concentrate on 2 tasks at the same time – and do them both well. I have accepted we CAN do what I refer to as “multi-switching”. We can switch from task A to task B and back and forth. I realized that by doing this though it takes time to get back into the rhythm for each task. So…when I further consider how long it takes each time to get back into each task – I question whether I am being as productive as I could be? NOT!
Recently I’ve noticed an even further shift – my ability to tune out the sounds around me has lessened. I enjoy silence! I revel in silence! I find that I can be more creative and thorough in any task I undertake – as long as I am in silence.
I used to study with music going on in the back ground. I used to work with tunes at my desk. I used to have the TV on in the background while I sorted paperwork or folded laundry. I now find all of this distracting. When I stop and concentrate on the task at hand, it allows me to BE in the moment and truly embrace what I am doing.
Because silence has become more in keeping with my norm, I find I am now even more sensitive to sounds. This may not be such a good thing depending on whose perspective we are working with. I’ve always had what Walter refers to as “dog ears”. I can hear his watch ticking in the room next to ours when we sleep – so now the watch is left down in the kitchen.
As I’m typing, I heard a “chhhh-ch” sound and look up. I ask Walter what the sound was. Turns out he was switching screens on his phone – 2 desk widths away. He looks at me and asks “You heard THAT?”
The little sounds which disturb the silence now appear to be my squirrels. Walter asked me today what I will do if one of the natural animal sounds of Costa Rica is not pleasing to my sensitive hearing? I’m guessing…I will cross that bridge when we get there!