Monday, July 16, 2007


I recently read a blogpost by Christine Kane entitled "Attention Splatter"! You can read the whole post at the following link Christine is one of my favorite Singer/Songwriters! I first saw her perform a few years back at a house concert in Salt Lake City and I've been a fan ever since. She is also an excellent writer and has a very entertaining and thoughtful blog.

To summarize..."Attention Splatter" is when you spend the day focusing on random things like email, the internet, your cell phone and any of a number of distractions that prevent you from ever really focusing on one thing long enough to be effective.

I love this concept, because that perfectly describes many of my days as a single parent. I will be very productive putting out fires and multi-tasking...but I get to the end of the day not having really accomplished anything of major importance. So I was inspired and motivated to eliminate "Attention Splatter" as much as possible.

The following day I woke up ready to hit the ground running! I checked my email and then closed it down so it wouldn't be a distraction. I settled in to focus on accounting and paying bills. It was amazing how productive I felt as I resisted the temptation to allow my attention to wander. Then it happened....

My 8 year old daughter came running upstairs and started throwing up!!! This is not a joke! You can't make this kind of stuff up! Obviously accounting immediately took a back seat to cleaning up and getting my daughter in the bathtub!

Did someone say "SPLATTER"???

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