Earlier this week, I began preparing for a big report I am planning to present to my boss (for his boss). The document required me to gather a lot of data about our digital performance for a specific period. I tend to have several internet tabs and applications open at once.
In this instance, I had a tab open for each platform I was evaluating, alongside several applications I was using to calculate and draft charts. I noticed my computer began running slower as the day went on, but I pressed on flitting between monitors. Finally, about 2:30pm, an ominous dialogue box popped up telling me that my computer’s memory was low and I needed to Force Quit a bunch of applications.
This was the perfect time for Word to freeze. Of course, I hadn’t saved my work as I wrote. I spent the next couple of minutes or so feverishly trying to close other applications so I wouldn’t lose my report.
First email, then Excel, then Preview. Still, the buffering wheel only seemed to spin faster, and my computer was starting to sound like the neglected alternator in my truck. I began opening up the many browser windows I had opened only to close tab after tab of articles and dashboards.
Luckily, I was able to save my work, but I saw so many parallels in other areas of my life. How many times have I had to pause to close the tabs of my racing mind?
Work, life, and goals continually pull me in many different directions. Add obligations, desires, and anxiety to that. If I were to compartmentalize these things into internet tabs; I would have a million tabs open all the time…just like I do at work.
And just like my work computer, I needed to find a way to close the tabs before I crashed myself.
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