As we are now winding UP towards Christmas, before the big wind DOWN, things are going to get pretty hectic, stressful, and possibly frustrating for some of us.
I know a lot of us are pretty good at multitasking – well what we think is multitasking. You know, there is no such thing as multitasking. We can only ever do one task at a time. It is just that some of us are better at switching between multiple tasks than others.
However, switching continually between tasks can get stressful. Our brains use more energy than any other part of our body. The more we switch between tasks, the more taxing on the brain’s energy, as we are constantly shifting attention.
At this time of year, we may find ourselves “multitasking” a whole lot more in an effort to get more done! However, to be more productive, and, to complete numerous tasks completely and correctly, it is better to focus on one thing at a time – a single task.
Multitasking not only lowers productivity by 40%, it also shrinks our brains. That’s right!! The grey matter shrinks when overloading the brain trying to get it to task switch.
Single tasking allows our brain to work effectively – the way it was created to. It means keeping our brain and body in the same place and, focused on one thing at a time.
So, lets try to NOT multitask, to NOT switch between so many tasks, to be present with doing what we are doing now and then move on to the next.
Being mindful on each task we perform will allow us to enjoy more of what we are doing right now, and probably have a better result for you and anyone else involved and reduce stress and possibly anxiety.
My message here today is while we are now winding UP for Christmas, lets look after ourselves, be present to what we are doing at each moment, who we are with at this very moment, and to believe that there is enough time – there is enough time!
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