Oh, I get it. Who doesn't throw a load in the washer, then clean the bathroom while listening to foreign podcasts? (Ok, maybe I'm not learning a new language, but scrubbing anything is definitely more fun listening to my favorite tunes to the rhythm of the washer.)
But more recently there are debates arising over the real efficiency/productivity of multitasking. Alas, we are not going into that controversy. May we focus more on easier, as in "causing or involving little difficulty or discomfort" for a minute? DISCLAIMER: none of the definitions included sloppy or haphazard.
As Tom and I were working in the backyard with temps and humidity both in the 90s, I was NOT trying to multitask (although, the tunes were definitely plugged in!). I was all about getting the job in the smallest amount of time, with the fewest injuries and least sweat.
When Tom asked me to start cutting up the branches he'd already cut from trees, I knew that was step one of getting them to the curb. Secretly hoping for more pruning next weekend, I figured my best bet was to make it as easy on Tom as possible.
So, I began throwing to the shade. Tom was going to lift and bundle all those branches into the wheelbarrow. Deliberately throwing them a little to the left, to the shade, was no big deal. Oh, he still had to go through the same loading process, but in the shade seemed way better, causing him less discomfort.
Alright, my Darling Readers, here's your permission for today: sometimes it's okay to do things the easier way. Probably not with the biggies, but really, will it change the course of history if all the apple wedges are not identical in the kids' lunches? What if, call me crazy, I don't clean the top of the refrigerator at home or the file cabinet in the office every week? Holy guacamole!
What works for me is to let go a little more. Figure out what needs to be done, and what needs to be done to the best of my ability. How about you? Do you need a little permission to let go? Are some things easier to let go than others? What have you let go of recently?
I'm linking this post to Giving Up on Perfect and Coffee for Your Heart.
30 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.