Staying the Course and Finishing the Task at Hand
One of my favorite books to read to the kids was "If You Give a Mouse A Cookie." It was the perfect example of how a simple task can lead to distractions, and, before we know it, we've done everything except the one thing we had set out to do in the first place.
There was recently one on Facebook that described a mom's life almost perfectly.
The coffee will get spilled by her three year old. She’ll wipe it up.
Wiping up the floor, she will find some dirty socks. She’ll remember she has to do some laundry.
When she puts the laundry in the washer, she’ll trip over some boots and bump into the freezer.
Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to plan supper for tonight. She will get out a pound of hamburger.
She’ll look for her cookbook. The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail.
She’ll see the phone bill which is due tomorrow.
She will look for the checkbook. The checkbook is in her purse that is being dumped out by her two year old.
She’ll smell something funny. She’ll change the two year old.
While she is changing the two year old, the phone will ring.
Her five year old will answer it and hang up.
She’ll remember that she wants to phone a friend to come over for coffee on Friday.
Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going to have a cup.
She will pour herself another cup. And notice that someone has eaten the muffin.