Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Too Many Tabs Open

My husband usually rolls his eyes, groans or in some other way, expresses his frustration at me whenever he uses the internet on my computer. "You have too many tabs open", he complains.

I glance over his shoulder to see what can be closed. Then I click on one or two tabs. He rolls his eyes again and I shrug my shoulders back. I can't help it that I'm never sure if I'm done with something. I wonder that if I close a tab, I might need it later and won't find it. Oh, I have a long list of bookmarks. But I rarely use them.

So is it a sign of my scattered mind that I leave all these tabs open? I actually keep a "to do" list and revel in checking things off as I complete them. And I try hard to end the week with everything done. "Try" being the operative word here. You see, I still leave unanswered emails and open tabs. I leave scrapbook supplies on the dining room table and notes on articles I'm writing on the desk. I have stacks of books I'm part way through on the bedside table and sewing projects midway to completion in the guest room closet.

No, I'm not disorganized or even necessarily messy. I have my "to do" lists to keep me from that. Most of those piles and stacks are only a week or two (at most a month) old. I just have more going at any one time than I can completely finish. Hence my plethora of tabs. All those tabs allow me a sense of control where I might feel out of control. As long as I can see it all there, I know I'll get to it sometime. Right?

6 musings:

Sarah said...

I keep tabs open ALL the time. For instance, I did the taxes in January, and I still had the tab open until yesterday when I actually efiled them. Of course, I was signed out two months ago, but I kept it open to encourage me to take the final step.

A Musing Mom said...

Sarah - glad to hear I'm not alone! :)

Vernie said...

"I still leave unanswered emails and open tabs. I leave scrapbook supplies on the dining room table and notes on articles I'm writing on the desk. I have stacks of books I'm part way through on the bedside table..."

Like you, I need some form of organization in my life, books to read, articles to finished, emails to send, I tried my best to make every minute counts but sometimes I asked myself where did my day go?

Beast Mom said...

Pilers know where all their "stuff" is. It perhaps LOOKS bad, but ultimately isn't. :)

A Musing Mom said...

Vernie - thanks for stopping by. The days fly by, don't they, organized or not.

BM - yup, it's true. So do you think it's a control thing, this "piling"? After all, my family depends on me to be able to locate things in the piles. If I really organized everything, then they might find stuff on their own. I don't know. I'm just wondering out loud here. : )

Anonymous said...

Just create separate accounts, or use Firefox with the profiles feature.