Many thoughts go through my head as I’m cleaning. Buzzing around the house collecting trash, straightening up, picking up the myriad of toys my toddler has strewn about the floor wondering what’s next. What is the next thing that I need to clean? Is there a cure for “horizontal surface disease”? Hmm, maybe, but that is beside the point. Often I use the task of cleaning to clear my head. An article entitled The Invisible Problem Wrecking Your Productivity And How To Stop It, was one of two articles that recently spoke to me. The other was Future thought smarter Design.
Both of these articles provided insights to multitasking and critical thinking. Increasing focus is a priority of mine. I so often am tasked with focusing on multiple projects, directions, and initiative that I needed to find a way to stop, compartmentalize and collect my thoughts. The mundane task of cleaning is one of my outlets. It is a little bizarre as I like to clean as the oddest of times.
These insights helped to better understand the how and why my thoughts wander so effortlessly when completing these menial tasks. It also leaves me with plenty of opportunities to process some of those burning questions, the questions that I have been stuck with for a while.
My job is questioned. Most importantly we like to say that we help with people’s pain points. Those tasks or processes that for some reason bug you. Most of my work day is spent empowering people to think of ways to eliminate or minimize these. Some of this for me is just natural as the 3 primary questions that we focus on are also the questions that I ask myself while cleaning:
- What am I trying to solve? (what is really bothering me right now?)
- What do things look like now? (what is this currently like?)
- What do I want things to look like? (what should this look like?)
Asking myself these questions continually focuses my response. I am often able to articulate what goals I am trying to achieve but I can start to visualize how to get there. Like a light bulb turning on or a lightning strike. An idea and plan are born. The most rewarding experience about this is, taking the ideas, plans, and methods of questions to those I support. Helping them walk through their pain points and witnessing the light bulb go off. That is exciting at least for me. This is one of the benefits that cleaning has for me. More than just the mundane task, it allows for focused critical thinking. Alleviating the noise in my head. So do you often have a task or mundane activity that helps you focus? What excites you and drives your critical thinking.
Well as always Thank you