I don’t know about you, but my mind is always going 1000 miles an hour. For those of you who know me, you can attest to this fact.   If I don’t have karate on the mind, I have work, vacation, hiking, running,  what I’m going to cook for breakfast, lunch and dinner, vacation again, exercise, more work, vacation, more cooking, more hiking !  it’s exhausting even for me!   Sometimes I amaze myself with how I operate.  This must be a form of OCD –  I’m going to call this Wandering Mind Syndrome  – WMS. I’ll bet if I did a search on this I’d find it on line……….. (5 min later) yes, there’s a few pages on google with several people asking about this pesky disease.

By having all of these thoughts racing through my head, it’s hard to stay focused on one thing or another.  With Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram – keeping up with what everyone is doing in thier lives, where they are going on vacation, how their crappy day is, what kind of foods they eat, whether or not they are excersising, when they are in the “mode” or when they’re in a rut, it’s close to impossible to not be thinking of everything at once.

I looked up the meaning of Multi-tasking as I feel this is as close enough to WMS as I can think of.

Human multitasking is the apparent performance by an individual of handling more than one task at the same time. The term is derived from computer multitasking. An example of multitasking is taking phone calls while typing an email. Multitasking can result in time wasted due to human context switching and apparently causing more errors due to insufficient attention.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_multitasking

I think that the last sentence rings true in my case, Multi tasking and mindwandering can result in wasted time.  I think that so much time is wasted in the planning of life  that in turn, not everything gets started or completed for that matter.   I’m trying to fix that, maybe write a list of what needs to be done, and check it off one by one?  the only problem I see is that I’m always adding to that list, making it longer, it’s almost like an endless roll of toilet paper.  How do you keep from your mind wandering or daydreaming?

There is a quote from Lao Tzu, it reads: “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”  I like that, it’s calming and rolls off the tongue.. Sometimes I need to come back to reality and focus on one task at a time instead of everything at once.

We women are amazing creatures, we manage to keep life going, plan parties, work 40+ hours a week, cook, clean and manage a house (for me that’s a challenge) , do our best to maintain a healthy lifestyle for ourselves and our families, we keep a positive attitude all with a smile on our face ( most of the time ).  So if you have WMS , this is just a note to say that it’s ok to slow down once in a while.   I think I’ll do that tonight… Oh wait, it’s my daughter’s birthday dinner, then after, the dogs need walking and so I do – then maybe, just maybe I can sit in silence for 10 min and close my mind for the day.

Andree