I have a very hard time 'doing nothing.' While waiting for a video to load, I want to text someone, check facebook, or crochet. I check my phone at least twice an hour on average for texts, I check Facebook multiple times a day, I check blogger.com multiple times a day, I text a lot of my friends... I have a hard time being away from technology and the internet in general. It's not JUST technology though. I crochet while watching television because watching television is simply not enough for me. For a while, I would watch a tv show, use the stair-stepper and PLAY MARIO GALAXY ON WII at the SAME TIME. Glad I stopped that; it was a bit much. :-)
I have SUCH a hard time just being. It seems maddening to me. I am not good at prayer or meditation. My thoughts race and I make lists. I'm sure this multi-tasking behavior is good for my goals/achievements, but I'm sure it is NOT good for my psyche. Bryan likes to remind me that studies show that people who multi-task don't necessarily get more done, they just do a lot of things inefficiently. That's possible.
I have been trying to spend more time doing very little. Even when I go on runs, it's very difficult for me NOT to listen to music. The other day I hiked High School Butte without my iPod or a cell phone, and it was actually very fun! I should try to do one thing at a time more often.
I don't think it's just me. I think our culture, and women in particular, push "multi-tasking" as a virtue. It's not necessarily so. I have a hard time "slowing down" and I often think of things that need to get done, things I could be doing, and so on and so on and so forth. My brain rarely gets a break; even when I sleep, I tend to have many, many dreams that I remember the next morning.
Tomorrow after work we leave for a backpacking trip, the first REAL backpacking I've ever done. I won't have a computer, and I know I probably won't be able to use the internet on my cell (at least I shouldn't). I think it will be a good exercise in simplicity and quiet. I'm a bit nervous about the 50+ pound pack, especially since my back and shoulders hurt already... But it will be good.
Am I the only one who feels drawn to multi-tasking? Who could honestly say, "yep, addicting to multi-tasking, right here." Or is this a HUGE problem for a lot of people?