They distract. Enticing me to move in another direction (because I have time, right?). Before I knew it that luxury of extra time evaporated and pressure/urgency returned.
I was multi-tasking one day recently, nothing like my ‘usual kind of day’, none of that typical frenetic pace of multi-tasking. It was one of those very relaxed/no-focus days. As I bounced from task to task, screen-to-screen, desk to table and back again – yet it was one of those lazy long weekend days for everyone, the kind without phones ringing, with no regard for usual meal times I was eating soup at my desk mid-afternoon quite unsure if that scrumptious bowl of lentil soup I was eating was my late lunch or an early dinner. Two bowls later I wasn’t so sure, didn’t care – returned to my tasks completely satisfied.
In any case it was one of those days when work was truly expanding to fill all the time available for its completion – and I knew I would probably push some of it off to the next day, and I did.
That soup was delicious, but my realization was less tasty – more like realizing I’ve done this same routine so many times for so many years. The absence of pressure coupled with abundance of time, doesn’t take away my focus but it allows other things to migrate in and take over – they take away my focus and never give it back.