Why Multitasking Isn’t All It Seems

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A TV Dinner whilst surfing the net and answering emails.

Texting while walking or in the company of others.

Texting whilst queuing and even whilst driving.

Private messaging friends or posting to social media sites while studying or chatting on the phone and cooking dinner.

Thinking about tomorrows evening meal and this weeks family engagements (sports runs, dental appointments etc) whilst taking your break at work.

Responding to emails and instant messaging whilst working on other important projects.

Communicating with others using hands free whilst keeping the kids quiet in the back seat.

Planning tomorrows activities whilst trying to stay focused on and even enjoy todays activities.

It’s an endless list of things to get done, places to be, people to see.

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Why must we be accomplishing as many things at the same time at such super speed?

Have we fallen into a trap of believing that doing just one thing at a time is a luxury and that we ought to be producing more with our time?

Whilst it may appear that multitasking gets more things done quicker, the reality couldn’t be any further from the truth.

Studies are actually showing us that multitaskers do not complete tasks set any quicker at all, in fact quite the opposite.

Switching back and forth between tasks as opposed to completing one task at a time (Aka Singletasking) has proved a 50% loss of efficiency in some cases and is counterproductive for our mind.

Increased stress is also a major and unhealthy symptom of multitasking. What’s worse, the effects of the stress induced lingers, even after the task in hand has been completed, resulting in reduced abilities in focusing ones attention thereafter.

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It might be a relief to discover that multitasking isn’t something to boast about at all.

Whilst it does appear to make us look rather super-human. We have to ask ourselves what price we’re paying to appear like we have it all together all of the time.

Is it a quiet relief for you to discover that you’re not doing yourself any favors (physically or mentally) by multitasking your way through life?

Are you really ready to turn your focus to a more singletasking and productive way forward (slicing off a good chunk of stress along the way)?

Here are two or three key points to consider when the urge to multitask tries creeping in.

Multitasking causes mind fog/mental traffic jams, whereby new ideas and solutions become blocked whereas singletasking forces you to sustain your focus and work through complex problems.

Multitasking significantly reduces productivity and increases susceptibility to distractions. You’ll get more done, one task at a time, than you could have even imagined when you were multitasking.

Multi-tasking significantly increases stress levels. Singletasking works best for our brain and produces the best results in a more calm and creative manner.

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Singletasking and Mindful practice ensures the present focus is the only thing in question until the task in hand is completed, resulting in a far greater sense of accomplishment.

Resisting distractions will become a new and valued habitual way forward for you as you begin to realize and benefit from the results.

Incorporating just a few moments of daily meditation also allows us to see things from a new perspective, allowing for enhanced creativity and insights in all areas.

So the next person to ask you how you manage to get everything done, whilst remaining calm and joyful, be proud in admitting your healthy new regime in all that you do.

Singletasking and mindfullness may just become the new Multitasking, offering far superior results in more ways that one.

Tortoise Mindful FocusedWe all love the story of the tortoise and the hare.

Probably because it seems so unbelievable for us to think that the slow, steady plodding of the tortoise wins in the end.

But the tortoise does win because he remains Mindful and committed to the task at hand – a lesson we could all stand to learn, especially in the face of the daily pressures and expectations we tend to impose on ourselves.

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  • Michele

    Reply Reply March 22, 2017

    For the most part, I completely agree. The one place where I disagree is in the area of real multi-tasking, where I’m capable of doing two different things at the same time, without taking away from either of them.

    Training for a half-marathon (doing long runs) while listening to audio-books
    Going for a walk while listening to audio-books
    Gardening while listening to audio-books.
    Filing my nails while listening to an online lecture.

    In general – doing a physical thing that does not require a lot of concentration, while doing a non-physical thing that does require some degree of concentration.

    • Project Meditation

      Reply Reply March 23, 2017

      Great points you’ve raised there Michele. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.
      Namaste – the Project Meditation Team 🙂

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