I feel there is a silent enemy that has wandered into our lives, one we have accepted as “OK” even though we know it isn’t.
As I type this, my phone is beeping with texts coming in, my computer has alerted me to new emails and the dogs are trying their best to beg for food while I snack on some fruit. I stopped to talk to them, I checked my phone to see if there was an important message, and then my email because, well, I don’t want those emails piling up. And as I tried to type this… I got annoyed, started over three times and had a bit of a dive in my energy. I walked away, got a tea, and sat back down, alone, in silence.
In my current life of multiple plans, a one-woman show of business and creativity, and lots of personal endeavors, I have learned that only one single bad habit can wreck me now: multitasking.
I used to think that multitasking meant doing two “important” things at one time.
That’s not what it is!
Mulitasking may be your own silent bit of an energy vortex, too. It is stealth, disguised as doing things that are joy-producing (a motivational YouTube video in your ears as you go through your morning emails) while it taxes your mind.
Texting while you are walking around, eating while you are working, working while you are on the phone… you can list hundreds- I am sure- of ways that we multiply the actions we are doing on a daily basis with layers of stress and complexity because we think it is savvy and somewhat a new way of modern life to do many things at once.
Multitasking has been scientifically proven to cause: extreme stress, accidents, mood swings, overwhelm, and lower productivity. And much more.
Here is the past of multitasking that is most troubling to me beyond these terrible effects:
Doing more than one thing at once is a really good way to miss out on the wonders of life.
Amanda MacMillian cites some awesome research in an article, 12 Reasons To Stop Multitasking Now on Foxnews.com:
“Forget seeing the forest for the trees or the glass half full—people who are busy doing two things at once don’t even see obvious things right in front of them, according to a 2009 study from Western Washington University.
Specifically, 75 percent of college students who walked across a campus square while talking on their cell phones did not notice a clown riding a unicycle nearby. The researchers call this “inattentional blindness,” saying that even though the cell-phone talkers were technically looking at their surroundings, none of it was actually registering in their brains.”
So, today, rather than semi-sleepwalking through a blizzard of doing multiple things at once, see what happens in your truly simplify and do what you are doing while you are doing it.
Also, if you want to profoundly elevate your life, try focusing your intention on just one main priority in life that needs to be handled at one time.
If you’re looking for a new job, the love of your life and starting an exercise program all at once, while still going through your days, think about which one really needs the lions share of your brain bandwidth. Once you get that one done or well in motion, you have more space to show up for the next, alive and feeling dynamically fantastic!
I made a video about this inspired by one of the dogs, and I am sharing it again here becauise it is a constant reminder that I need as much as I need to share it!
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