Remember when we thought Multi-Tasking was the new black? When we used to brag about how bada&& we were when we could THIS AND THIS AND THIS while we were doing THIS AND THIS AND THIS?
The thing is, if you are really honest with yourself, I would be willing to bet that all the multi-tasking in the world that you may have applied to your life has likely left you feeling:
- More frazzled
- More rushed
- More often times forgetting things and feeling lost and out of control
- NOT further ahead than you were
- NOT enjoying more free time
- NOT getting more sleep
- MORE tense than before you tried to do everything at once.
- ANGRY, BITTER AND NEEDING BOTOX FROM FROWNING SO MUCH
Let me make it simple for you. This isn't some scientific breakthrough. This is kind of.....COMMON SENSE. The more things you attempt to do all at once-- the less focused you are ON EACH ONE. So if you are doing 2 things at once, you are giving each 50% of your focus. If you are doing 3, you are giving each 1/3 of your focus. AND SO ON AND SO ON.
DO NOT KID yourself-- folks, I realized I was multi-tasking in every area of my life in this crazed pursuit of "getting it all done"- for years! And guess what, the years in which I multi-tasked THE MOST, I have been the most (all of the above listed symptoms) CRAZED and feeling MORE BEHIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even when you multi-task when you - for example, peruse pinterest or instagram while watching TV. Who has done that? I did all the time. WHY? Because I wanted to both but felt "I didn't have time to do them separately"-- do you know how often I would go to watch Revenge the next episode and realize that I had missed all the details in the last episode I had "watched" because I was ON INSTAGRAM! People- our attempts at multitasking are killing us, and killing even our RELAXATION TIME!!
And the more research I've done on my insulin resistance issues and hormonal imbalance- let me tell you this, a HUGE HUGE HUGE FACTOR for gaining healthy balance back is REDUCTION OF STRESS. If you never relax and constantly multi-task and drive yourself MAD, you will .....make matters worse.
THIS WEEK-- TEST THIS OUT. Seriously. At work- do ONE THING AT A TIME, pick time frames like 30 minutes, this is what I am doing now and it makes my day SING I am not joking. PICK ONE THING- like "follow up calls" and ONLY do that for 30 minutes. Then stop, and do something entirely different. Maybe give yourself 10 minutes of pure Facebook or blog reading or YouTube. Or go get a coffee- but NO MULTI-TASKING during that time. No checking email while you get coffee - no checking voice mail or texts-- just go have coffee and BREATHE AND CHILL. Then, come back , set your timer for 30 minutes and do work on that power point or report you have due at the end of the week. That's IT- leave Outlook off or gmail.com closed, no social media accounts up, turn your phone notifications off. Then give yourself a 10 minute break or a 20 minute break. Go for a walk.
***NOW- there is ONE area where I feel it is cool, not stressful and not distracting or a mind-overwhelm to do a tiny-multi-task. When I am in the car now and when I go for a run or walk, I listen to podcasts. I think it's a GREAT way to learn, get inspired, fill my mind with GREATNESS and I listen to far more this way than if I said to myself I need to just sit at a desk and listen. **
Same thing with fitness people-- don't go to the gym and try to check your phone and do work. Give yourself that time as a gift and focus ON YOU. Don't rush through your training to get to work- be calm knowing that you'll get there in time and get it done.
TRY THIS OUT THIS WEEK-- ARE YOU A CRAZED MULTI-TASKER NEEDING REFORM?? I AM TELLING YOU GUYS AND GALS THIS IS ONE OF THE TOP THINGS IN MY LIFE I HAVE CHANGED ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO MY WORKDAY AND IT HAS BECOME A GAMECHANGER-- NO MULTI-TASKING AND THEN CHUNKING UP MY DAYS IN TO MANAGEABLE TIME BLOCKS LIKE DESCRIBED ABOVE.
Tell me what you think-- are you reformed? Are you needing help? Where and when do you multi-task the most? Do you feel it hurts or helps? Do you get worried thinking if you only focus on one thing you'll get behind?? Do tell. And of course, if this post helps you out and you think others would benefit from my madness, pass it on. I'd very much appreciate your shares, thank you!
Now- go enjoy this beautiful weekend. Today is the first day I am really starting to feel better. Although it's funny- I have my appetite back but I cannot taste my food!! LOLOL that is a strange situation indeed. ;-)