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What’s Better? Multitasking? or Doing One Thing at a Time?

33 Dots – A Bear Juggling?

Today I would like to show you the process of the 33 dots. It’s a game my friend Meg Konovska taught me. It loosens me up as I try to see the picture, then colour it. Today it turned into a juggling bear which reminded me of multitasking.

First I put down 33 dots randomly with my eyes closed. (Sorry forgot the picture of the dots.)

Next I draw the lines around the dots without any lines crossing.

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Then I try to figure out what it is. I turn it around and around until I see something. This time I saw a bear.

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Then I colour it.

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I used pencil crayons – not watercolour pencil crayons this time. I don’t think the paper I chose is for pencil crayons as there is too much texture. But I will try again.

Thoughts:

This is where I tell you a story about the picture. After some thought as I was colouring the picture, it came to me that we do this a lot – try to stand on one foot while balancing something in one hand. It’s a trick. Sometimes we can do it. But if there is anything that disturbs our concentration then the ball comes tumbling down.

And that reminded me of multi-tasking.

When we try to do more than one thing at a time. Most studies I have read say that it turns out this practice is not a good thing – for your brain or the task you are doing.

Here is a good report about multitasking. 12 Surprising Reasons Multitasking doesn’t work.

And here are the 12 reasons cited:

  1. It’s slowing you down.
  2. You make mistakes.
  3. It’s stressing you out.
  4. You’re missing out on life.
  5. Your memory may suffer.
  6. It’s hurting relationships.
  7. It can make you overeat.
  8. You’re not actually good at it.
  9. It dampens your creativity.
  10. You can’t only handle it once.
  11. It can be dangerous.
  12. You are not really multitasking – you are task switching

Cell phone usage?

I wrote about cell phone usage for my next podcast (next Tuesday on HopeStreamRadio) – because I feel we are overusing our phones. Cell phones can keep us from paying attention to those around us. I have been watching when we walk, or when we are in the store and the number of people talking and walking with cell phones is huge.

Are you one of those people?

As for “multitasking” or “task-switching”, I find there are sometimes I need to do it. When I do the laundry I am not going to wait for each load to be finished – I am going to do something while I am waiting. The same for cooking a meal – sometimes there are a few things that can be done ahead, and when I am preparing one thing I can still prepare another.

But I am going to try harder to sit down and write at one sitting, at least for 45 minutes, before I get up and move around. (And that’s an advantage of multitasking – I get more exercise and a change of pace.)

Anyway that’s my thoughts about my painting today.

Spiritual Thoughts

God tells us to search for wisdom, to seek understanding, and be aware of the world around us.

We can’t do that if we are multitasking, especially with our cell phones.

From Proverbs 8:21 in The Message:

Wisdom is talking.

You can find me on Righteous Road—that’s where I walk—
    at the intersection of Justice Avenue,
Handing out life to those who love me,
    filling their arms with life—armloads of life!

That’s what I am working toward – armloads of life. What about you?

Here is an example of one of Meg’s paintings. 

CALL TO ACTION:

Are you a Christian writer? If so, do you need to go deeper in your spiritual journey.

One way to continue to grow in God’s Word is online.

Growing Through God’s Word is an interactive Facebook Group that is a safe place to explore your faith without judgment. Learn to read your Bible and discover God’s Word. Learn to listen and hear God speak.

We share. We learn. We create. We connect. We grow.

Janis is a creativity catalyst with a heart to connect people to God. She specializes in creating art based on Scripture so that the Truth penetrates hearts and not just minds.The world needs more pictures, art and colour.

Skater: Drawing Shouldn’t Be Complicated

33 Dots: Skater

Another day for 33 Dots – from Meg Konovska’s idea. This is my second day of randomly placing 33 dots on a piece of paper – then trying to figure out what’s there. Today we get a colourful skater.

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Coloured pencil skater – 33 dots

Thoughts:

As I looked at this skater, I thought of myself on ice skates. I used to be able to skate pretty well. Not great but I could make it around the rink. Not now. Now I need help. Last year my daughters took me for a spin and they shot this picture. I stayed steady for the picture and then said – “grab me.”

skate

This year, everyone forgot their cameras. But I still went around the rink twice. It wasn’t as smooth this year – many holes from lots of use. But I felt a sense of accomplishment, just putting them on, getting to the rink, and going around with help on either side.

This girl remind me of how I need to be bold, whether in trying to skate, or attempting new things.

Her skates don’t look very steady and that’s how I feel sometimes, treading this Internet and connecting with others. I’m on shaky ground.

But God tells us again and again (over 400 times actually) to not fear.

Do NOT be afraid He says.

He will always be with us. It is God Who leads and guides us so we have NOTHING to fear.

Read John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

The colourful outfit that my girl is wearing is the creativity that’s in me. It’s in all of us. But we are fearful of not being able to do it. But if we let ourselves go and let God lead it is amazing what He can do.

Read Ephesians 2:10

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Here is the beginning of the picture. I had put the 33 dots. I forgot to take the picture with just the dots.

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Skater – 33 dots, Janis Cox

When I wrote Tadeo Turtle and wanted to illustrate my own children’s book, I didn’t think that was possible. But I did it. And it won an award in 2012 from The Word Awards.

What I believe, is that we can do anything when God is beside us.

We can learn to change our plans: our temperament; we can be kinder; we can learn to be inspirational; we can learn to draw, to write and even to skate. But we do need to ask Him and listen for His answers too.

Do you want to change? Are you tired of doing things on your own? There are two ways I hope I can help?

CALL TO ACTION:

Growing Through God’s Word is an interactive Facebook Group that is a safe place to explore your faith without judgment. Learn to read your Bible and discover God’s Word. Learn to listen and hear God speak. JOIN US.

We share. We learn. We create. We connect. We grow.

Janis is a creativity catalyst with a heart to connect people to God. She specializes in creating art based on Scripture so that the Truth penetrates hearts and not just minds.The world needs more pictures, art and colour.

She also has a gift for you called One Word at a Time, if you like to work through scripture.

Porcupine: Drawing Shouldn’t be Complicated

Drawing Shouldn’t be Complicated

Try 33 Dots to Discover your creativity and God’s Word – porcupine

The other day I read Meg Konovska’s post about her method of painting with 33 dots. This fascinated me as I need more help visualizing pictures.  At first I forgot the number and painted only with 14 dots. Both my 5 year grandson and I tried it with 14. We used shiny paper and markers. It was so much fun.

Here at the 14 dot pictures.

14 dot porcupine challenge

Janis – markers. 14 dot challenge

14 dot porcupine challenge

Grandson Bryce – 14 dot challenge – bear going to school

Now he is excited to try with 33 dots.

 

Today I tried the 33 dots and immediately saw a porcupine (stylized).

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Watercolour Pencil – Janis Cox

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Watercolour Pencil – with water – Janis Cox

My thoughts:

When I think of a porcupine I think of prickly and defensive.

We can be like porcupines. We snap. We get defensive.

But porcupines are reacting to danger.

What is pushing our buttons?

God gave us the ability to change. When we see the problem, we can ask for help. When we pray and ask God for help in those situations where our emotions would rather scream, but our spirit wants to halt.

We remember the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22

“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

As we head into the busyness of Christmas, reflect on this. Breathe. Seek God. Find His love, joy, peace and hope. Try not to be a porcupine.

Blessings

Janis