Simplify Your Time

Use Mindfulness to Stop Multitasking

When you wear the Badge of Busy, you often brag about how much you can get done in a certain amount of time. You give yourself extra credit for being able to do more than one thing at a time. Click To TweetYou see it as a gold star on your giant Chore Chart of Life that you are busier than every one else you know, but what does it really get you?

Stress

Tears

Aches and Pains

Screaming at your kids

A whole lot of not much fun stuff.

Is it really worth it?  The answer is nope … or more precisely hell nope.

So why do we do it?  Why did I do it?

Actually I thought it made me feel fulfilled.  As if checking off more things on my To Do Lists somehow made me a better person.  Crazy … I know.

Then I embraced Mindfulness and learned how to give up Multitasking.

I no longer unloaded the dishwasher while listening to a Podcast.  I unloaded the dishwasher THEN listened to the podcast.  Which meant less broken things, fewer things put in the wrong place, and I actually remembered what I listened to.

I no longer flipped through a magazine, while talking (or texting) on my phone, while watching a TV show.  If I was going to look through a magazine, communicate with someone, or watch a sitcom then those things got all my attention.  If I really wanted to do them, then they deserved my concentration. Which meant I remembered what I read, what the other person said, and what I saw.

I no longer paid bills or reconciled my checkbook while one of the kids was talking to me about their day.  If someone wants to share their thoughts with you then you owe them your attention.  Plus paying bills is serious business and shouldn’t be done while you’re distracted.

We’re all busy.  We all have things we have to, need to, and want to get done.  So it’s human nature to want those things done as quickly as possible and we’ve fooled ourselves into thinking that doing more than one thing at a time will actually save us time and energy.  We were wrong.

Make a real effort to stop multitasking.  If it’s worth doing, it’s worth your FULL, undivided attention.  I promise you will get just as much done and a lot more things won’t have to be redone.

Plus you will be much calmer while you’re doing it.

Other posts in the Mindfulness Series …

Start and End Your Day with Mindfulness

Be Mindful with Self Care

Practice Mindfulness with the Mundane

 


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