Fall is my favorite. The cooler sweater weather, the multi-colored crunchy leaves and the crisp fresh air. It makes for the perfect early morning run and afternoon walk once the sun has had some time to warm it up a bit.
With that said, I am a bit ashamed to admit that despite my love for this season, I haven’t been spending much time enjoying it. I keep planning on an afternoon walk only for the day to go by and it never happens.
I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit but I think a big reason has been because I can’t multitask while I’m doing it.
I wanted to walk the other day, so I went to the gym, brought a book I’ve been wanting to read and walked on the treadmill. Meanwhile, it was a gorgeous day outside and I didn’t enjoy it.
A few days I’ve chosen to skip the walk in order to spend that time applying for more jobs, studying or writing. Now don’t get me wrong, those are things that need to be happening, but sometimes I forget that it’s okay to just relax, to just breathe, and to take a break.
I’m a master multi-tasker and often try to utilize each bit of my time to the fullest but this is a case of multitasking gone wrong.
Sometimes we need to stop and remember that a break, even a 10 minute walk outside enjoying the fresh air, can make us more productive when we return to the task at hand.
I have been so go-go-go the last several weeks and while I thought I was handling myself well, a bit of bad news the other day sent me into a spiral of self pity; it made me realize that I haven’t been taking as good care of myself as I thought and that I need to remember to take a break and allow myself to breathe more often, to take that afternoon walk and crunch on the leaves, even if I can only give myself 10 minutes, it will help.
From today forward, I’m working on this. I’m taking this habit of multitasking and I’m being more mindful when multitasking isn’t working or doesn’t need to happen. A walk on the treadmill with a book is great, but so is a walk outside enjoying the fresh air on a gorgeous day, no book and just listening to the sounds of the leaves crunching under your feet.
With that said, I’m going outside for a walk.
Are you a serial multi-tasker? Tell me about a time when multitasking wasn’t working for you.