Multitasking of the brain

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Registered: 08-02-2003
Multitasking of the brain
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Tue, 09-21-2004 - 9:45pm
I've decided I've lost my mind. It's the only explanation. I thought this past weekend might be a good time to *gulp* start Fall cleaning. I do Spring and Fall cleaning every year as this place is home to me and two pack rats. Ever see that tv show, Clean Sweep? Yeah I'm clean sweeping every 6 months. So anyway, back to the confusion.

I started by telling the guys that it was time to make some changes, of course I was met by the usual grumps and groans. DH is always complaining but once he sees my "vision", as he calls it, he comes around. DS on the other hand, well let's just say it's easier to hog tie a mad cow and pull out all their teeth. So the living room is now completely rearranged, it's so roomy, I love it. My theme is Zen: Less is More. I have a small nephew who likes to rip things apart so the less around for him to destroy, the better.

Now for the confusing part. I have a shoji screen that I'm constructing, been working on the panels for a while now. While putting that together I stopped for an orange juice break, and instead of going back to the shoji screen (standing in the middle of the living room) I decided to start laying out the kabuki masks for the wall. Ok, not so bad so far. When I had the kabuki masks laid out I started prepping a frame for my geisha girl collage. Once the frame was prepped I started the layout for the shadow boxes that will house the kimono's. See a pattern here? I can't seem to finish anything, I have this whole multitasking thing going out of control! Now, after spending all morning straightening and rearranging the living room, I have cluttered it with 4-5 craft projects, all half finished. And let's not even bother with the rest of the rooms, all of which I have something going on in that isn't finished. Am I just mental, is this not finishing what I start a hazardous thing? Is it normal? Anyone else have this problem? Any ideas how to get myself out of this? DH says it's because I'm a SAHM and I get bored so I clutter my days with numerous things to do to fight the boredom. I didn't think I was bored, or even had time to be bored. DH and DS are a handful and a half with their packrat ways and yet I seem to be making more work for myself. Yes eventually everything gets done, but then I start the process all over again. Decide that a room needs a new theme and do 45 different things at the same time, never finishing one in one sitting. Thankfully I haven't tackled painting. Imagine, one wall painted one day and 3 weeks later another.

Comments, suggestions, good shakes, all welcome.
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Registered: 06-08-2004
Wed, 09-22-2004 - 11:53am
I think it's a female thing ;-).

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Registered: 09-26-2004
Sun, 09-26-2004 - 9:57pm
This is exactly why I would never attempt to paint a room alone. I'd never finish, and it would look worse than before I started! I found out a few years ago what I had suspected for years - I have A.D.D. That's where my problem comes from, but in no way am I suggesting that's what you have. I'm certainly not qualified to do that! =D I don't take anything for it right now, but I have. I just decided to try and cope without. It's definitely a struggle, and my house is falling apart around me (with the help of four messy kids) while I start, but never end, one project after another. Chronic procrastination plays a hand in my troubles, too. The longer I put something off, the larger and more overwhelming it becomes until I just run the other way and completely abandon all thought of even attempting to conquer the beast it has become!

I always have good intentions, but until I sit down and make lists, time gets away from me before I even figure out where to start. Of course, sometimes I spend too much time making lists and never actually get to the projects.

I've been absolutely no help at all to you, but at least you know you're not alone!

Sheila

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Registered: 08-02-2003
Mon, 09-27-2004 - 7:45am
You've been a great help, I'm not alone! :)

(((HUGS)))