Only this morning I was drying my hair with my laptop on the floor paying a phone bill at the same time whilst using my toes! It got me thinking that if I truly want to simplify my life I need to concentrate on one task at a time and stop the nonsense that is multitasking.
“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” – David Allen
Multitasking only dilutes the success of each task in hand. I have found in recent years that the most productive days I have are those where I fully cross something off my T-Do List. I have posted recently about how I manage a number of aspects of my life with lists however I feel a lot calmer, less panicked and anxious when I can, once and for all, cross something off my list(s).
By drying my hair and paying a phone bill this morning, I realised that I had saved no time at all and in fact what I had achieved was a less than desirable hair do! I’m sure I’m not the only person to tentatively hover over crossing something off my list because I’ve only half done the task. When I apply myself and offer something my full, undivided attention, I complete things in their entirety in the first instance.
As of today I’m attempting to stop multitasking – How?
Pause, I’m trying to slow the pace down in a lot of areas of my life and I must remember that when dealing with my chores and general household tasks too.
I have recently read a couple of posts and been tweeted about setting timers. This comes in particularly handy when facing doing something which you have been avoiding. Set a timer for say 20 mins. Get that thing done, give it your all and then it WILL be gone and done (which is what you’ve been wanting for days if not weeks. Face it, give it time and just get it off your plate).
An app that can also help to allocate time to certain tasks is Pomodora [goes to download].
Tasks or the people helping you perform them deserve your 100% respect and attention. (my pet hate is somebody chatting away on their mobile while at the supermarket checkout, the staff member gets no actual contact and I find it really rude).
“Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.”
― Susan Sontag