Last week I noticed something that has become part of my everyday. Something that I’ve always prided myself on as an accomplishment. But today this activity has become such an ingrained habit that it’s cost me tons of stress, anxiety and unfulfillment.
What I’m talking about is MULTI TASKING. It’s like breaking a sugar addiction, this running around trying to do 5 things at once. And it feels so good when I get it all done – not really though, because I’m always half assing it…
Do you ever find yourself standing in front of your computer screen with 5 tabs and 2 screens open, wolfing down food while on hold with your insurance company? Or in the car driving and your kids are talking to you and the music is blasting and your checking your text messages (open and honest here). Or trying to get work done while catching up with an old friend? Don’t get me wrong, I love listening to a podcast when I’m folding boring laundry. But when I’m multitasking trying to give all my attention to 5 important things – I’m never showing up to my highest potential for each of those things.
Research shows that our mind can only hold 1 thought at a time. When we multitask we train our brain to do the opposite of that. We train it to jump more quickly from thought to thought which ultimately decreases concentration and usually compromises our productivity because we end up making more mistakes. Not to mention the stress and anxiety it puts on our psyche and body.
In honor of re-connecting with myself this month, join me this week in slowing down.
S L O W D O W N . . . and enjoy each morsel of food you put in your mouth, without any distractions of scrolling through social media.
S L O W D O W N. . . and focus on the road while driving without responding to your cell phone and text messages.
S L O W D O W N. . . and be all ears when talking with others, really listen to what they are saying instead of tuning out to where you have to be next.
S L O W D O W N so you can show up 100% in everything you do instead of 50% here and 50% there.
Slowing down you just may find you’re more in the moment . . .
You may feel like you’re moving in slow motion . . .
You may notice things you never did before . . .
You may even experience that wonderful feeling of peace that comes from mono tasking…