We all know how to multi-task right?
At home, at work, out & about. We’re always trying to do more than one thing at once. It’s a common habit that everyone has. Living the busy lives that we do, we feel we need to do more at one time to save time. But have you ever thought about Single-Tasking?
So what is Single-Tasking?
Single-tasking is a technique used to focus on one thing at a time, yes, one thing at a time. Nothing else. Just one task. It’s the opposite of multi-tasking. This allows you to put your whole entire self into a task and complete it to the best of your ability.
We think that doing more is better & that it’s more productive but in reality, you’re not being productive at all. You’re straining your brain to the point where multi-tasking can lead to problems. You’re confusing your mind by trying to use it for multiple things at once.
Single-tasking is a healthy way of thinking and doing.
This won’t be a long post, simply because Single-Tasking is really easy to do & yep, you guessed it, simple.
Think about the tasks you carry out during your day. Let’s think about making dinner. You’re preparing your dinner but you’ve got a phone call scheduled at the same time. You’re cooking, talking, cooking, talking, suddenly you’re over cooking your food, or you put too much seasoning in it, simply because you’re not focusing. Then you’re annoyed because your food isn’t as nice as you wanted it. You only have yourself to blame.
Another example, driving whilst on the phone. It’s illegal to drive whilst on the phone, so don’t do it. But, if your phone does connect through your car, taking a phone call really makes you lose focus. Big time. You end up forgetting where you’re actually driving to, start taking wrong turns, or even worse, end up causing an accident because you’re not focused on the road. If you have a phone call come through, put your single-tasking technique into play. Pull over, turn off your engine & call them back. Focus on the phone call when you’re safely pulled over and when it’s ended, get back to driving!
Sometimes, I forget to single-task. I’m human, it happens. Especially at work, with so much to do you find your self opening emails, typing up half a reply, then switching over to the report you need to finish then taking a phone call & making notes from that. When I find myself doing too much, I stop, take in a deep breath and revert back to doing just one task. It means I can really put my all into it and ensure that I complete it to the best of my ability.
To single-task, all you need to do is focus on the one task you are doing. Put all of your energy and focus into that one thing, don’t rush. Just take in the moment and the experience of what you are doing.
It’s not about doing less or feeling less productive. Single-tasking is about doing more for your mind and doing more for your well-being.
This technique can be applied to absolutely everything in life. Say adios to multi-tasking. Single-tasking is honestly the way forward.
Remember, if things get complicated, just take a moment and ask your self; Keep it Simple, Yeah?
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