Time to stop multitasking.
Multitasking got brought up a couple weeks ago in our MKE tribe weekly meet up. A few of us took on a challenge. For one week as hard as it may be we would stick to a concrete schedule. We quickly realized in our discussion of what maybe hindering us from staying on track is that we constantly multitask. The problem with that is we never really get anything done or even worse we get thrown off course completely.
I have always considered myself a multitasking queen. I started to notice how well I could do this art years ago when I began waiting tables. As I would be writing down one table’s order I would simultaneously be thinking about what I had to do next. Some days I would get to the computer to ring in a table’s order and wonder if that was even what they ordered. My hands were automatically writing down the orders, but mind was completely somewhere else! I just had to trust that I wrote down the right dish. 99% of the time I was correct, but being that my brain was multitasking I definitely had a moment of doubt.
I would also take my multitasking skills when I cleaned my house. Jumping from room to room never really completing one while I am on to another. Then I would have to go back and find all the unfinished areas.
The other day I noticed that I have partially started projects, tasks, books, etc.scattered all around my house. Not one of them has been completed! I start something, get distracted or bored then move on to something else. Weeks and even months go by where then I remember that thing that I once started. That is where I also realized a feeling of disorganization comes in. A feeling over being all over the place and overwhelmed.
Here is one great article I found on Scientific Brain of why we should really stop this madness.
Single-tasking and success.
6-20. The power of attention can be more readily understood by comparing it with a magnifying glass in which the rays of sunlight are focused; they possess no particular strength as long as the glass is moved about and the rays directed from one place to another; but let the glass be held perfectly still and let the rays be focused on one spot for any length of time, the effect will become immediately apparent.
You have also heard the expression energy flows where attention goes. Your subconscious and the universe cannot possibly assist in attracting what you want in your life if your focus is all over the place. It cannot help reign in your deepest desires if you’re giving a little bit of attention to many things. And the result is a feeling of failure, because in the end nothing is completed or if it is completed it is not your best work.
All of these years that I thought my multitasking skills were going to aid to my success in life. Now I have realized I could not have been more wrong. My lack of focus towards one major goal has made me feel like I have been constantly spinning in circles. And to be honest I think it really has lowered my self-esteem. So my answer the past couple of weeks has been quite clear. It is time to single-task! It is time to narrow my focus and take one project at a time. I am going to follow these 8 simple steps that I stumbled upon in this post on the Power Of Positivity site.
Step 1: I am going to start with a short list and will only do 3 tasks that are related to my goals. And I will not move on to anything else until those tasks are complete. Step 2: During the allotted time I give to these tasks I will not check Facebook or emails. It is so easy to get distracted by texts, emails, etc. I cannot even tell you how long it has taken me to write this simple post about multitasking! Oops… I guess it is progress not perfection, right?!? Ha!
Be here now.
That last thing that I really had an epiphany about is that multitasking keeps one out of the moment. And to my surprise many articles I read on this subject say the exact same thing! If we are not performing our best then we definitely are not present in our lives. We keep ourselves so busy doing task after task that we are pulled away from what is going in around us. And if we are concentrating on one single task then we are “in the moment” with that task. The result is simple: Our attention is focused there for our intention is clear. Therefore, we are able to continue to pull in what we want because Subby knows exactly what we want.
Multitasking also increases your cortisol levels, the chemicals the are released in your brain when you are stressed. When you get stressed out you are more in your head trying to solve problems. Which in return, once again, keeps you from living in the now.
So morally of the story… let’s all try to start single-tasking and make all of our dreams a reality. One project at a time! PEACE.