Each day when I wake up, (before I put on my makeup,) I realize that the world feels like it’s spinning faster than it was the day before.
Life has reached a breakneck pace. People are expected to stay connected, pay attention and be fully invested in all the things all the time. Current events, social media, friends and family, pop culture, work, email, networking, hot yoga, regular yoga, yoga blast – the list is endless.
The list is also LITERALLY humanly impossible to tackle all at once. But for some reason, we all try to do it. Whether it’s because we think we need the edge at work or because our friends do it too, we have become a species mired in multitasking.
But here’s the thing.
Multitasking es el diablo.
Why? For a million (<-approximation) reasons that I’m about to list for you to read at your leisure which is obviously RIGHT THE EF NOW.
Thing one: Your attention is everywhere and so is your shit. Get it together.
Studies have shown that when people are multitasking, their brains are actually quickly switching between each task at hand. This leads to a lack of focus, inefficiency and bad quality of work.
In fact, you may actually be significantly lowering your IQ by multitasking.
WHEN has ANY of that EVER been a positive thing? Correct answer: Not ever.
Thing two: You’re disconnected from the entire world – and we really miss you.
I see people checking their phones when they’re out on dates. I see people studying at the gym. I have personally attempted to plan a vacation while working on some very serious deadlines…
When you’re multitasking, there’s a huge disconnect between you and your environment because your brain is always somewhere else. You’re never fully present in the here-and-now.
Multitasking means you miss the experience of your own life, and second by second, it’s passing you by.
Thing three: You’re not actually achieving much. Womp wooomp.
The inefficiency created by multitasking is very real.
When you are constantly switching from one task to the next, it’s difficult to gain any momentum or make any real progress on your goals.
Plus, the amount of time you waste on forcing your brain to constantly reset and remember what you were doing when you come back to a task is out. Of. Control.
And because more and more tiny tasks keep popping up along the way before you’ve finished the first list of tasks, you create a never-ending traffic jam of tasks that will inevitably never really get done.
What the fuck.
How do we change this?
How do we get everything done without losing – and literally hurting – our minds?
Thing one: You do all the things, but not all at once.
Give your focus to one task at a time, and something magical happens: You make progress – and maybe even get it done.
This doesn’t mean “just do one thing until it’s done.”
A lot of the time, certain tasks are just too big to get done in one sitting. But when you tell yourself “I’m going to do this thing, and only this thing, for the next 20 minutes before I move on to something else,” you end up actually making a dent in it. Plus, your undivided attention means that the quality of the work you do ends up being better.
As you complete things, step by step, you allow yourself to actually achieve your goals.
Thing two: You build your foundation from a place of action.
When you do one thing at a time, you make a very conscious decision to actually DO it.
You are very aware of the action you are taking and for how long that action is going to occur – and guys – this is a beautiful thing.
Instead of just putting things on a long list with a bunch of other shit which may or may not ever get done, you are compelling yourself to take action on the things you want and need to do.
And the DOING of the things is the most important part.
Before you know it, your to-dos have long since been handled and you’re halfway to the moon (don’t forget your spacesuit.)
Thing three: You really experience your life, which is important because you’ve only got the one.
When you’re doing one thing at a time, your brain isn’t put under the constant stress of jumping from one thing to another at the speed of light.
You’re bringing more clarity and presence of mind to the task at hand, as well as your environment and the world around you.
You are actually experiencing what it feels like to live your life, and it’s hard not to feel fulfilled when you’re fully experiencing your life.
And isn’t fulfillment something we’re all searching for?
It’s easy to think that being fulfilled is going to mean that you need to fit more stuff into every minute of every day.
But really, if we just slow down – if we just multiDO instead of multi(turn your brains into scrambled eggs and don’t ever finish a)task, maybe we can have it all.
So, how’s that to-do list coming?