Recently I found myself driving down the street flipping back and forth from CNN radio to MSNBC keeping up with the current criminal trial in real time and evaluating the news coverage.
I was running late for an appointment – me the all time queen of arriving thirty minutes early. Plus, I was craving a Skinny Vanilla Latte and searching each corner for a Starbucks.
Traffic slowed. I then remembered a phone message from my dear friend. Needed to call her. I punched the “phone” button on my dashboard and then my friend’s preprogrammed number rang.
Traffic slowed, then surged forward, then slowed again, then resumed normal speed. I changed lanes.
Suddenly, a car turned directly in front of me in the intersection. I slammed on my brakes luckily avoiding careening into her.
What in the world? My mind lashed out at the woman as she continued her turn. My eyes glanced up surprised to see that my own light had been red. Feeling foolish was an understatement. I slowly drove away wrestling with how that had happened.
Apparently I had been watching the next traffic light ahead of me instead of focusing on the one directly in front of me.
Had my multi tasking been the problem? Certainly part of it. I had let my tired body be distracted by life and duties and obligations and appointments.
Juggling, throwing balls up in the air, trying to handle too much in the moment.
I had always pulled over to text or email and prided myself on that. But after this experience, I’ve pledged to squash the feeling that I need to be accomplishing more – at least when I’m driving.
What’s the worse thing that has happened to you from multitasking? Let’s start a conversation!