My Concrete Dove exists to help family caregivers escape the overwhelm and learn to smile again.
𝙃𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙤 𝘾𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝘾𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙖𝙙𝙧𝙚,
I probably shouldn't admit this, but I've just about lost my ability to multitask. And I thought multitasking was my jam. 😣
For years, I was like one of those plate-spinning acts from the Ed Sullivan Show.
Mom of four,
Bible Study leader,
Children's Church teacher, and
But I never dropped a plate.
Now, I'm a full-time family caregiver and even though my life is less busy with kids, work, and school, this is a whole different act. And it's harder!
Those good old plate-spinning days are over
In January, I started an Instagram Marketing class and loved it. I took the class because I want to help and encourage other family caregivers, but I needed to learn some new skills to do that more effectively (more about the class later).
Unfortunately, that is what put me over the top. Maxxed me out. Broke the flood gates...You know what I mean, right?
My plates started to wobble and that's why you haven't heard from me lately.
Between the class, blogging, my family, and the ever-changing and increasing needs of my sister, who has Alzheimer's (darn that disease!) and Down Syndrome, something had to give.
And speaking of plates, dropping mine wasn't an option. Something had to go to make life more manageable. And stepping away from regular blog posting for a little while won.
I was able to finish the class and it looks like I am reaching more family caregivers. Now, I'm excited to get back to writing.
Even temporary changes can be effective, my friend, so don't be afraid to make them.
What is multitasking, and why shouldn't you do it
Multitasking: the performance of multiple tasks at one time. (merriam-webster.com)
You know, do all the things on your checklist all at the same time. But, according to the Cleveland Clinic article, Why Multitasking Doesn't Work (Health Essentials, March 10, 2021), multitasking isn't so good for you. It could:
Hinder your performance
Make you less efficient and more likely to make mistakes
Negatively impact your life, or even be dangerous
Lead to poorer driving performance
Make us more distracted and less able to focus, and the big one for me
Affect our ability to learn
There's an abundance of daily tasks in any household, and maybe even more for the family caregiver. Some are on the checklist while others are big surprises.
So, with a full list in hand, multitasking becomes very attractive. But, don't do it!
Why single-tasking is a better idea
Single-tasking is the concept of doing one task at a time with little distraction for some time.
Simple, right? Think of it as making the most of your effort & energy, and turning the negative effects of a multitasking checklist 🔃 upside down.
It's a twofer! A win-win! The best possible outcome!...I did it again, but you know what I mean.
Caregiving friend, ditch the checklist. We really don't have to do all the things, and certainly not all simultaneously. But we can do our best one task at a time. And that IS a better idea.
My multitasking days are over. Old habits are hard to break but I'm going to give it a good try.
Do you remember the plate-spinning acts on the Ed Sullivan Show?
I don't either (ahem, ahem). As I understand it, the performer would set up many tall dowels and spin plates on them for some time. Then the performer collected all the plates before they started falling. Fun to watch, or so I've been told (wink, wink).
Hmmm, is that single-tasking or multitasking...
I hope this update made you smile. Family caregiving is often serious and exhausting, but be sure to find time to laugh a little. 😊
Here's the class I told you about--
Authentic Online Marketing School from Ruthie Gray
It opens twice a year. You should get on the waiting list now if you like Instagram and/or you want to get your business or ministry going & growing.
The community of women is awesome and the lessons are doable. It was well worth making a few adjustments to participate.
In fact, I learned so much and had such a great time doing it, that I decided to join the Mentorship for the rest of the year.