Women are multi-taskers who juggle a hundred things as deftly as a juggler!
How proud I felt reading this statement! I would pat my back for accomplishing 5 tasks simultaneously. But, not once did I think about the frustration and irritation that would overcome me as I managed those 5 tasks. What an idiot I was!
I am sure all of us are guilty of multi-tasking, and feeling good about it, too. Rarely do we ponder how we harass our brain as we try to do so.
Have you observed how exasperated you are when there are 10 things demanding your attention and when you try to give all those 10 things your time?
Imagine yourself in the kitchen/work table, working on something, when your kid or someone asks for some help. Wanting to fulfil your their wish and completing the job at hand, you do both these things, simultaneously. And, just then, something else comes up.
Even as you try to do these three things together, your breathing becomes shallow, your heart-rate increases, you lose your attention and you feel your frustration rising by the minute. So, at the end of it all, what have you achieved that’s worth patting your back?
You managed to complete your work, fulfil people’s wish and some more work, but ended up tiring yourself–body and mind. Especially, mind.
According to research…
1. Our brain works efficiently while doing one task at a time.
2. We are most productive as we focus only on that one task.
3. We complete the task quicker and to our satisfaction.
4. And, doing that one task takes far less time than doing ten things to save time.
Multi-tasking not only affects your productivity and efficiency, it also affects your mood. How crabby we are when we juggle multiple tasks at a time!
So, irritation, frustration, inefficiency, lack of productivity, lousy moods, and exhaustion–this is what you get when you multi-task.
Why would you want to suffer from all of these, anyway? You won’t be receiving any medals for being so “competent”, will you?
Be mindful of what you do when you do it.
Focus on the task at hand and immerse yourself completely in it.
This way, you will not only give it your 100%, but enjoy it, too.
Mindfulness improves your concentration, productivity and efficiency and reduces mental and physical fatigue.
Self-care means taking care of yourself and your mental and physical well-being, and when you multi-task, you are doing the exact opposite.
Do as much as you can, without burdening your brain or body.
Accomplish one task at a time. The world will not come to an end if you don’t complete all the tasks on your to-do list.
Begin with the important task. Then, move to the less important ones. And, if something gets left out, do not blame yourself for being slothful or incompetent. Just do it at the end, or the next day.
Be mindful of what you do and enjoy your work. This way, you will be satisfied with your efficiency and happy with yourself.
I am participating in the April A to Z Blogging Challenge and my theme this year is ‘SELF-CARE’.
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