The myth of multitasking
I often find myself multitasking -- running between three or four unfinished projects trying to get them done at the same time. I like to think I'm making efficient use of my time, but it rarely turns out well. I drop one of the plates I'm spinning, or I snap at my kids. None of us ends up happy.
I'm now making an effort (within reason) to do one thing at a time. If I'm playing with the kids, I'm playing. Not playing while folding laundry, or playing while sorting toys, or playing while cleaning up (or, God forbid, playing while blogging). I feel antsy at times, but generally I'm more at ease throughout the day. My kids appreciate having my full attention, and I can just relax and have a good time with them.