I can't tell you how many times I've juggled more than one thing at a time. Perhaps the idea was born out of a secret desire to be a super hero. The thought of sporting a Wonder Woman cape was always a childhood fantasy. Whatever the case, I've learned that when I touch more than one thing at a time, it can spell disaster.
Take for example, the time I drove through Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, while vacationing with my teenage kids (that’s enough distraction alone). I tried swooshing a bee out the window at 70 mph and I swerved in the process. Yeah… totally not cool. Thank goodness I didn't crash the car, but I came awfully close.
Or what about the time I had 15 deals in escrow and I happened to close one of them without giving my Buyer the Seller’s Disclosure Statements. Ugh! I had major egg on my face when I approached the Buyer for signatures after we closed, apologizing profusely for my oversight. Thank goodness there wasn’t anything in them that warranted concern.
I don't know what possessed me to think that I could manage my real estate brokerage while being the MLS President, negotiating a complicated joint venture between two MLS's, sitting on the Board of Directors for my local Realtor Association, teaching RPR classes for NAR, being WCR’s Social Media Specialist, and managing a restaurant two days a week (oh yeah, and selling real estate). What the fish was I thinking? I got a rather abrupt wake-up call when my auto-immune disease reared its ugly head... and nearly killed me.
Needless to say, I can identify with one of the chapters in Jay Papasan and Gary Keller’s book, The One Thing, which basically says that multi-tasking is a lie we feed ourselves. The truth is, when we juggle more than one important task at a time, something else takes a back seat, or a flying leap out the window. When that happens, not even Wonder Woman can save the day with her juicy couture cape ;-)
The One Thing - That Nearly Killed Me - Melinda Peterson