I know that mindfulness and killing do not go together. And I know that I promote the mindfulness lifestyle a lot BUT we gotta kill the idea of multitasking…for the greater good.
Sometimes you need to kill things rhetorically speaking before they kill you.
If you think that multitasking is making you productive – YOU ARE WRONG.
What happens when we multitask:
We experience a 40 % loss in productivity.
We make mistakes.
Our memory may suffer.
It dampens our creativity.
It hurts our relationships .
All of the above are facts supported by scientific research. You can read the full article here with more scary facts.
What’s the alternative? Luckily, it’s a simple solution.
- Plan uninterrupted time for a task – for instance if you work on a report. Dedicate 45 minutes for it and in that time do not check social media, do not respond to your emails, and do not answer your phone. Simply work on your report and I guarantee you it will take you less time than you think.
- Use the concept of boxed time, it was created by one of my clients to help him to feel less overwhelmed with all of the projects he works on. In his case he had 9-5 job, was working on a start-up, and leading a nonprofit. He created a rule for himself that he will work on specific projects at specific times and not work on all of them ALL OF THE TIME. For instance during work hours there is no communication or interaction about his startup idea or non-profit. Only work related tasks.
He set specific times for each project. He works on his non-profit from 10-1 every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month and on his startup idea from 10-1 on the 2nd and 4th Saturday.
Try these 2 simple steps to get things done with more efficiency and mindfulness. Doing one thing at a time and being present makes you experience meditative stay.
Getting things done AND being mindful. Who doesn’t want that?