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Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Many Hats

We all wear a lot of hats. Granted, there may not be 500 that ultimately threaten our lives, but sometimes it can feel like they do.

Wearing this many hats may be easy for you if you're one of those super amazing multi-tasker types. Change a diaper, fold laundry, cook a meal, teach math, mow the lawn, pay bills, drive someone to soccer practice, plant a garden, and maintain a cheery disposition all the same time? You've got it.

Me? Not so much.

I'm a one-at-a-time kind of guy.

That's not to say I can't stop in the middle of something at any moment and do something else entirely. But I have to do them one at a time (I can't even listen to music while reading). So today, one by one, I fixed some typos on the web, added some new content, talked over a few marketing ideas, discussed how our navigation system could be improved--and why it hasn't been yet, worked on explaining the order of operations in an Algebraic equation, briefly explained DVD copyright law, hashed out some design ideas for a new purchasing work flow, read about how well the Forum changes have been going (everyone seems to be very happy, which is great news!), after I read a couple hundred blog posts this morning.

My days are normally a tad more focused than that, so my head's spinning a little right now.

All that to say: I salute you! And today, I empathize with your many jobs. Continue to wear those many hats with joy, and may you have the grace you need to keep your head on when you can't take them all off.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father

P.S. Just a reminder: As usual, some good stuff in the Other Posts of Note, like Mary Grace's latest which--as her posts often do--brought tears to my eyes.

5 comments:

Heather the Mama Duk said...

I don't like multi-tasking, but as a homeschooling mom, it's unavoidable.

mary grace said...

Mutli-tasking is an unfortunate by-product of life. I won't say "modern life" because I think folks have forgotten that rural living is not as cut and dry as it seems. :-)

But yes, juggling is part of life. Some days we keep all of the balls in the air. Other days, they fall around our feet and we're left wondering why it didn't work today ... when it all went so well yesterday?

Karen Joy said...

I'm a one-at-a-time kind of gal, too. (Not that you're a gal.) I call myself linear. I'm a lot better about juggling many things at once, but I don't think I will ever feel comfortable or proficient at it. All the undone bits about my house drive me nuts.

Robin said...

I attempt to multi-task...often feel like I'm spinning in circles. Some people really do seem to have the knack. My dad did (his multi-tasking involved sports...reading the sports section, listening to a game on the radio and watching a game..all at the same time).

Luke said...

<smile> You ladies are the best. Thanks for swinging by, and may all your tasks get done today... and those that don't, may they be the ones that didn't need to get done.

~Luke


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