Women are multi-taskers who juggle a hundred things as deftly as a juggler!
How proud I felt reading this statement! I would pat myself on the 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 multitasking 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, when your kid or someone asks for some help. Wanting to fulfill 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!
Irritation, frustration, inefficiency, lack of productivity, terrible 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.
Here are 10 easy steps to avoid the burnout caused by multitasking:
1 Prepare a To-Do List first thing in the morning or before going to sleep the night before.
2 When you get down to tackling the to-do list, begin with the most important task.
3 The morning freshness will help you focus on that important (and often the most challenging) task with ease.
4 Once you are done with that one task, check it off the list and then move on to the next.
5 Take a short 10 minutes break after completing 3 tasks (at least).
6 Get all your tasks for the day on the list–even the tiniest, least important ones.
7 DO NOT grumble if you aren’t able to tick off all the tasks on your list.
8 Move the unfinished tasks to the next day.
9 Be mindful of what you do and enjoy it to the fullest. Being aware of your thoughts will help you be mindful.
10 Learn to say “NO” when you know you can’t give your time to give to someone. Respecting yourself and your time will help you stay safe from the burnout.
Remember: TIME is a precious commodity that needs to be valued and respected by each of us. When we give someone our time, we keep our work aside to do something for others. Valuing your time will teach you to value other’s time, as well as others to value yours. This way, neither will you be exhausted bending backward nor will you suffer from guilt.
I am participating in the April A to Z Blogging Challenge and my theme this year is ‘SELF-CARE’.
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