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Do one thing at a time

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Stratford, E, Do one thing at a time, Medium, A Medium Corporation, San Francisco, United States, 24 March (2019) [Magazine Article]


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Abstract

If I concentrate, I know that as my fingers move over the keyboard of my laptop one of my three dogs — a whippet named Lily — is standing to my left, looking up at me and hoping that I will lift an elbow so she can charm her way onto my too-small lap. Nevertheless, I continue to think, feel my way through the issue at hand, and write.

At the same time as Lily’s eyes bore holes into the edge of my peripheral vision, I can hear the tick-tick of a small hall clock that I gave my partner some 27 years ago. I hear him outside, loading our van with garden refuse, and I’ll wager that after the tip-run he will make a side-trip to one of the op-shops he frequents so often that when I accompany him I am known simply as Mrs Phil, despite our unwedded state. I continue to write.

If I concentrate a little more, I know that as my mind selects the words, grammar, punctuation, and meanings which form in my head, my brain translates thought processes into refined movements down my arms and into my digits. And then ideas appear on-screen as if I willed them there directly. I continue to write, knowing that as I do my endocrine and nervous systems are helping me to maintain internal balance — homeostasis. My breathing is regulated; eyes blink in patterns; blood courses; breathe cycles; digestion churns.

In short, I simply cannot do one thing at a time.

Thus, it intrigues me that this precise maxim often leads those guides-to-life lists which appear on blogs about health and wellbeing … of which there are legions. So if doing one thing at a time is, in fact, impossible, what is being invited here?

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:productivity, flourishing; time management, mindfulness, work life balance
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social Change
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
UTAS Author:Stratford, E (Professor Elaine Stratford)
ID Code:132074
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2019-04-17
Last Modified:2019-04-18
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