Hunt and Peck

Hunt and Peck

I am a multi-tasker. Maybe it’s because I am the oldest, or now because I am a Mom. I have been often been able to watch tv, carry on a phone conversation, blog, facebook, and more. It dawned on me the other day that during a flare ~ I am no longer to handle more than one thing at a time.
People who type by looking at the keyboard and tapping the keys with only a few fingers. This method is called the “hunt and peck” method because the typist needs to visually locate each key before tapping it. Peopl who use the hunt and peck method generally use only a few fingers, usually two or three. A hunt and peck typist is therefore much slower than an expert typist. The hunt and peck typist must look at the keyboard, the typist is unable to focus on the work and the affects the quality of the output.
I am still able to be a multi-tasker (when the fog has cleared). I realized the other day – I now hunt and peck. Not only does my typing slow down but the accuracy is highly comprimised. At mk tay job, I am busy answering phones, doing paperwork, helping Customer’s and fellow co-workers ~ usually all at once. I am able to listen to multiple conversations helping when needed while still doing my paperwork etc. Not the case during the flare – I found myself having to ask a Co-worker to wait while I finished the paper process I was doing. I have to think about thinking. Does that make sense? My mind begins to race. It takes the act of actually consicously slowing the brain down. Deep breathing, Ice on forehead, focusing (can’t explain how that works) but you can mentally slow down your thoughts. During this time – one thing is all that I can do. That one thing often takes every bit of concentration and energy to get through.
Today, was an awful day for me. I am out of the flare – fog as gone. My concentration was back. Thank goodness.
My Dad was facing the possibility of having stints put in due to heart blockage. My family lives 5 hours away from me. I was at work, trying to face the possibility of losing my Dad, the guilt of being so far away, do I stay or do I go? Jealousy rearing it’s evil head.
I accomplished an astounding amount of work. My focus was strong. Don’t think of all of the possibilities. Concentrate on getting all of the work done. I would watch the clock and wait for a call. Once I would get the call – my co-worker family would follow up on how my Dad was doing.
My Dad is doing well. He is surrounded by my family. I sit at home preparing to blog. Finding myself wishing that I had been in a fog, wishing that I had a flare today.
Why? It would have been a valid excuse to not be there.
Looking back; I should have driven down there last night. I am so jealous of my Sister. She lives within 10 minutes of our Parent’s. She spent the day at the Hospital. I spent the day at work. She is spending the evening cooking and caring for them. They are so fortunate to have her there for them.
It all comes back to the hunt and peck theory. Do you remember? The hunt and peck typist must look at the keyboard, the typist is unable to focus on the work and the affects the quality of the output. I maybe a mutli-tasker but I’ve been living life in the hunt and peck theory. Unable to focus and affecting the quality of my output.
I need to work on my typing skills in life.
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