Do you remember simpler times? A time when digital clocks, microwaves, and cordless phones were brand new. When devices didn’t ask you to download, update, and sync on a daily basis.
I find myself trying to acclimate to the digital age, but notice that the information age updates faster than I compute. I try to keep pace with technology. I even act like a computer with multiple tabs open to do many tasks at once.
When Multi-Tasking Leaves You Drained
My lists have lists, because I am a productivity junkie. I like being efficient and timely, yet I notice that I feel more stressed and frenzied when I multi-task. I may get a lot accomplished, but feel weathered and worn by dinner time.
Are you looking for more energy and focus in your day? Do you think multi-tasking is doing you in too? If yes, join me in practicing the following Liberating Choice: We don’t have to act like a multi-tasking computer.
Single-Tasking for Peaceful Productivity
Instead we can still be productive by single-tasking. Really, it’s possible.
Like learning most new skills, it may take frequent reminders to turn this choice into a habit. I use questions to cue myself to focus on one task at a time:
- Can this task wait?
- What’s the most important thing to be doing in this moment?
- Do I really want to cram one more thing into this moment?
Single-tasking brings more calm and peace. When I’m cramming in as much as possible, I expect others to do the same and move at a frenzied pace. Yet I’m more patient and a better listener when I am focused on one thing at a time.
While single-tasking is not a natural skill for me, I’ve noticed I enjoy savoring the moment more than multi-tasking. If you are ready to make this liberating choice your own, here are some single-tasking tips to get you started:
- Savor the moment by slowing down to listen (listen to the rain fall, to a loved one, to your own voice)
- Create space by scheduling less activities/tasks/appointments in your day
- Be less tempted by getting rid of internet access on your cell phone
- Notice what you miss out on when you move through your day with the focus on a multi-tasking computer
While reminding myself to do one thing at a time is a work in progress. I am finding that I get more out of being fully present in the moment. In these moments, I connect, create, and restore.
What helps you savor the moment and still be productive?
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