Let me start out this post by saying I AM THE QUEEN OF MULTITASKING!
I mean as I write this I have seven different tabs open on my computer, I just received a text, I’m checking the baby monitor to see if my son’s awake yet, and I’m checking my instagram and email in regular shifts. Oh and let’s not leave out that I have the haunting thought in the back of my head that I actually need to start studying for my Marriage and Family Licensing exam. Phew I’m usually quite stimulated and fulfilled by all I can do in one day but lately I’ve been thinking, “am I really benefitting from all this multitasking?”
Truth be told, I think multitasking is a part of life and especially motherhood because there are so many things that pull for our attention. I don’t think I could ever rid myself completely of multitasking, (after all it is the “golden habit”) but I do think boundaries need to be set and the world doesn’t need to be won in a day! I’m telling myself to slow down this multitasking train I put myself on and working on living an authentic life in the present. I expect I will be even more fulfilled and enjoy my son, husband, and friends even more. Oh and yeah, and hopefully pass this daunting exam…no wait I forgot my mantra, “You got this!”
Here are some downsides I found to multitasking:
1) When you multitask you aren’t using your full brain power and it actually takes more time to complete a task when not focusing on one task at a time. (40% more of your productive time to be exact.)
2) You miss out on the details.
3) You don’t always come across as authentic because you didn’t think it through.
4) You can make yourself crazy trying to complete everything you want to complete.
5) We aren’t work horses; even if you’re in a job where your boss treats you like that.
6) It’s dangerous girl! An estimated 421,000 people in the U.S. were injured in distraction-related driving accidents in 2012.
The Italians have it right with the siesta thing….a nap and some chardonay in the afternoon sounds pretty alright with me. But seriously we need to slow down and enjoy life and relationships more and deleting and delegating tasks just might be the answer.
Here are some moments this week where I wasn’t doing 50 things at once and it brought me sweet joy.