Blogger: Wendy Lawton
My college instructor daughter was home for Christmas. She never fails to amaze me with her ability to do so many things at one time. She’s an avid fiction reader, usually consuming multiple books each week. This being her break she planned to read and catch up on her many favorite television shows. Interestingly enough, she does this simultaneously and seems to be able to absorb both story lines.
I’ve always wished I could multi-task like that, but as I thought about it, I realized I do multi-task. I am just not able to use the same modality. My daughter is reading a story and watching a story unfold. I can’t do that but I did realize that as long as I’m using two different parts of my brain I often multitask as well.
- I love to bake and cook but when I spend a Saturday in the kitchen I’m usually listening to an Audible book at the same, hence catching up on my market research while creating culinary delights.
- I wake up early to spend at least an hour in the morning praying and reading through the Bible, but that time is largely me talking to God. Talking and talking and talking. I’ve been trying to add the practice of listening prayer but as I sit there, with no distractions, my mind wanders all over the place. The dust on the table, what I need to thaw for dinner prep, my agent to-do list for the day, etc. I’ve found the best time for me to listen to God is when I’m scrubbing toilets or working in the garden. Keeping my hands busy seems to free my mind to listen.
- And on the subject of prayer, I always admired Billy Graham’s ability to “pray without ceasing.” He said it took many years to cultivate but that he is now able to talk to someone while communicating with God at the same time. I’ve been working on that and am getting better at talking to my clients while praying for them. I still need lots of practice but I’m determined.
So what about multi-tasking writers?
- I have a writer friend who was in a serious car accident. While she was in the ambulance with the attendants picking glass out of her teeth she was making mental notes of everything for her novel.
- And how many writers go on vacation– supposedly to get away from it all– and use the time to collect settings and experiences for their books?
- Our own Rachelle Gardner sits at gymnastics meets all over the country cheering on her talented daughter while reading manuscripts, writing blogs and doing email. Of course this is our same colleague who, when she has dedicated time in her office, either uses her standing desk or her treadmill desk.
- Author Lauraine Snelling often rides in their RV on the way to author appearances while working on her manuscript.
So how about you? How do you multi-task?
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