Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and multitasking.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and multitasking.

Multitasking ineffectively that is. It’s been one of those weeks where I have a lot to do in about half the time, partly because I left for another trip this week. Here’s what I discovered: It’s true what they say about multitasking. It doesn’t work.

Multitasking is actually less productive and makes tasks longer because you’re switching on and off. According to Psychology Today (and a lot of other sources), those transitions between starting, stopping, and starting again are tough. Each time we switch tasks, it takes our brain time to refocus. This multitasking can reduce productivity by 40 percent.  I used to pride myself on multitasking. Now I know better, but still, old habits die hard. Thankfully I’m on my solo Sabbath trip where my focus is on only one thing: well-being. Here’s to a weekend of single-tasking.

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Finally finished this book, and I loved it. It’s getting mixed reviews, and I understand why. It’s not an easy-to-follow book. There are time leaps and a loose plot (some would say no plot) shrouded by politics and history.

It’s been 20 years since Arundhati Roy last published her first novel God of Small Things. Fans and the literati anxiously awaited the release of this new book and then were disappointed. The main criticism being that Roy has mixed her politics into this fiction and that it’s didactic.

So what? It seems like the criticism is really based on people’s—readers and critics—expectations that this book would be like her first, which was more intimate and personal. She’s not the same person she was 20 years ago, life happens, things change. Why would anyone expect then that her new book would be the same as something written 20 years ago? I don’t have an issue with her using the story for her supposedly own political agenda. Her fiction is not the only story with an agenda. So, for me, this book worked. I learned about a brutal history and politics, which I knew very little about, and I read her poetic writing. Roy still writes so eloquently and beautifully. This book isn’t for everyone, but I enjoyed it.

I’ve been watching . . . The Mindy Project.

I’ve been listening to . . . the National still and the Weepies.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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