Reasons to Stop Multitasking
It used to be common practice to multitask, and in fact, this was even seen as a positive trait. But these days, with all of the technology available to us, we are taking multitasking to a whole other level. We’re feeding our kids while checking our email. We’re cooking while scouring Pinterest.
The bottom line is that we are multitaskers. It seems an innate trait, especially to parents. If we weren’t, we would get nearly nothing done. However, when we overload on doing too many tasks at once, usually none of them get done well.
It’s time to stop the insanity; slow down and embrace a new train of thought of being present and doing one thing at a time. When we multitask, we give each thing we are doing a sliver of our attention. This means they aren’t getting done at the level that’s 100%. When we move back and forth between tasks, it can actually take longer and slow things down.
But how, in a world where we need things all done at the same time, do we slow down and stop multitasking? Here are some tips.
Make a list
Create a list of your to-dos and do them one item at a time. Checking them off will help you feel accomplished and give energy to finishing up your other tasks.
Let others know about your “no multitasking” rule
If you are working on a project at home, it’s okay to tell your family that you are working on “Project X.” Tell them how long you will be working on it and that you are unavailable until then. Now, this only works if you have a helper to keep the kids safe and watched after, so number one to this tip is to get a helper–grandparents, your spouse, maybe even a neighbor.
Set time limits for tasks
Sometimes we end up moving from one task to another because we simply get bored with it. When you tell yourself that you will work on clearing out your garden for one hour, it helps you have a goal and not feel like you wasted your whole day on one task. Set a timer for one hour and work until it’s up. Keep the task on your to-do list until it’s finished.
Multitasking can be a time killer and quality stealer. Use these tips and soon you’ll go from a juggling act to a balanced brain.