Hey all you multi-taskers, today is dedicated to you. SLOW IT DOWN.
IT'S SINGLE TASKING AWARENESS DAY
I bet while you are reading this post about Single Tasking you are checking your email, Facebooking, talking to your office mate and drinking/eating. AHHHH!
Consider the bliss with slowing down and taking on life one task at a time.
I'm sure you type A folks just had a small panic attack. (sorry honey)
Oh the joy of starting and completing a single project in one sitting, and guess what, according to science, multi-tasking isn't good for you.
What you call multitasking is really task-switching, says Guy Winch, PhD, author of Emotional First Aid: Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt and Other Everyday Psychological Injuries. “When it comes to attention and productivity, our brains have a finite amount,” he says.
“It’s like a pie chart, and whatever we’re working on is going to take up the majority of that pie. There’s not a lot left over for other things, with the exception of automatic behaviors like walking or chewing gum.” Moving back and forth between several tasks actually wastes productivity, he says, because your attention is expended on the act of switching gears—plus, you never get fully “in the zone” for either activity (Health.com)
Pretty much all of us are multi-tasking offenders, though. Heck, I'm doing a couple different tasks as I write this...okay I'm back.
When was the last time you did anything without also doing something else?
How about right now? What else are you doing? Email?
Give any one of these 5 tasks the Single Tasking attention it deserves, and see if you feel more accomplished. I bet you do.
1) Cooking - put down the phone and focus on your recipe.
2) Reading an article - long or short, if you are attempting to multi-task while you read, you are less likely to remember the content.
3) Having a conversation - it's amazing how staying in the moment of a conversation will dramatically increase the value of that conversation. Thinking about something else, checking your phone, anything other than being full face into the conversation isn't worth it. But if the person is boring, what are gonna do. I get it.
4) Any project you have going - How many do you have going on now? Work & home. 5, 10, 20? We are all so busy these days, but our lack of focus to a single project diminishes the results of all projects. Focus people.
5) Brewing a cup of single serve coffee (That's our fav) - Grab a pod. Drop it in the brewer. Push the button and wait. There is real zen in that 45 secs.