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Multi-tasking According to Mai Toast

Oh, multi-tasking. A word most familiar to busybodies, health professionals, and those who are always on-the-go types. A word I was never used to, but have accomplished with as much flexible dexterity can be gathered.

:tilts head to one side: my name is Mai Toast (my close friends call me Mel) and as much as I would like to deny it, multi-tasking is what I’ve been doing the past few months, nay, the last few years!

This month of March, I will be leveling up my multi-tasking skills, due to the fact that even though I’m already on “overdrive” mode, a “gestalt” mode will be achieved several times I surmise. I say this because I have a few key things happening: a new job occurring in a new field that will be in a new location.

The new job is in healthcare, and will be a different perspective for me since my work experience has been primarily based in customer service roles and information technology. And you know what? I am looking forward to this hard yet rewarding experience. It’s going to be tough, working 12-hour shifts, 3 to 4 days a week, but if I can at least make a difference in one person’s life, then it will all be worth it.

Instead of servicing a computer and trouble-shooting problems so that a solution can be found, I will be teaching someone become more self-succifient. Working in a group home setting and assisting mentally-challenged individuals is going to be unnerving and hard, but with a compassionate heart, tons of patience, and hard-work, my clients and I will be working together in achieving their individual goals.

As for the new location, I’ll be leaving my beloved metropolitan city and moving into a smaller town. Just don’t tell Homer J. Simpson that I’m moving to Shelbyville. He wouldn’t like that one bit :winks: It’ll be quite a change for me since I’ve lived in a big city my entire life. Should be great, though, and might even give me more free time for writing with less distractions around me.

I will also be moving with my boyfriend, and let me tell you right now: co-habitating is an experience by itself. Not only do I have to contend with my needs and wants, I will now be adding his needs and wants as well. Thankfully, he likes Filipino cuisine and Asian dishes because I do like to cook pancit, adobo, and lumpia shanghai almost every other week.

Multi-tasking isn’t easy, and it isn’t for everyone. It takes time management and organization, but so long as one keeps to a routine, it can be achieved. For example, I like cooking, but I also know that I can’t cook every day so when I do cook, I make portions that may last a couple of days. Everyone has their own strategy in how-to multi-task, and there is no one right way. I end up with a few different ways to achieve what I need to be done on a daily basis so be prepared to have to change tasks based on the time available. It will be harder, at times, to achieve everything you want to, and with what I have on my plate, I’m slightly bracing myself for tiny setbacks. Just keep plugging through, and don’t give up. Taking breaks is highly recommended in the form of playing a video game or two :smiles:

I hope to one day being able to focus on one or two things at a time instead of juggling several things at once. I think that it will be a much relaxing albeit boring experience. As for me, that’s all I got. I still have a Stargate to find!

How do you feel about multi-tasking? Is it something you practice? We’d love to know. Feel free to share your inquiries and comments below.

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