How many things are you doing right now? Reading this while you eat, while you walk, while you drive maybe (although you better not be…)? Doing a few things at once may not seem to be a big deal, but what if you focused all of that energy into ONE thing, at ONE time? What if you could accomplish more, by doing less?
The definition of being mindful is to be present in the current moment, with exactly what you are doing – the sensations, the surroundings, the feelings, your breath. How is that possible if you are being pulled in five different directions trying to get a bunch of things done at one time? Multitasking is often seen as a special skill in our culture, even being listed on our resume hoping it will catch someones attention, but maybe it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
When we try to accomplish too much in too little of a time, it can actually take us longer to accomplish little tasks, and it often prevents us from doing our best work. By focusing on one thing at a time, we can actually accomplish things quicker, with more quality, and here’s the key – with more fulfillment.
Start small by focusing on your meals, your morning coffee, or even your driving, without any distractions (i.e. phone, emails, etc.) and just be present for a few moments. Anxiety may rise that you need to get moving because you have so much to do, but it will pass with practice and patience. By adding these moments of mindfulness, and taking a new look at multitasking, you may just cultivate more satisfaction within yourself.