I spend so much time doing 3-4 things at once. Well, not really at once since multitasking is a myth but toggling between multiple tasks at the same time.
I don’t necessarily mean 3 or 4 goals but I’ll have e-mail open, writing a blog post, tweeting, chatting and perhaps researching all at the same time. In the end, you know what gets done? Not much of anything. I divide my time and end up losing any tangible results. The only thing I really accomplish is the feeling of being overwhelmed.
I was watching an episode of Dr. Oz last week and he had Dr. Sanjay Gupta on the show. Basically, what Dr. Gupta was saying is that toggling between all these tasks is basically killing our brains faster than normal causing our capacities to degenerate. It’s affecting our comprehension and concentration. It’s affecting our ability to create new memories because we’re so overstimulated.
In a way, I’d have to say I agree because I’ve noticed that in me. Plenty of times, I’ve read chapters of books while simultaneously answering notifications on my phone or jumping to check Twitter or looking at other things that I often finish the chapter without remembering a thing I read. It’s gotten to the point where even when I do one thing, my mind is still jumping all over the place. Many adults call it ADHD when in reality 1. it’s not that simple 2. it’s not a condition.
We brought this on ourselves!
We live in a society where it’s not only revered but expected that you multitask and succeed at multitasking at all times of the day. However, it’s those who give 100% of themselves to one task at a time that come out on top. I don’t know about you but I’d rather get one thing done perfectly than to have four things 50% finished.
So it’s up to me to take it upon myself to change this while I’m still young and healthy enough to do so.
First, I have to focus on what needs changing.
- I need to get more sleep. That’s a definite. Running on 4 hour sleep and masking my tiredness with coffee is not the move anymore.
- Put down the coffee. See #1.
- Tone down my social media presence. I use a Chrome plugin called StayFocusd. When used properly, it limits my social media time during the hours and days that I choose. Sometimes you have to admit to yourself that you can’t do it alone.
- Meditation and prayer. Meditation helps immensely with focus when practiced often especially if you have a wandering mind which I’m totally guilty of and prayer always helps with ANYTHING.
- Immersing myself in one activity at a time. When I decide to do something, I will do exactly that and that alone as often as possible, at least as far as the important stuff. Watching TV and tweeting? Sure that’s fine. Writing a blog post? That alone. Reading a book? Just read that book, nothing more. It’s a step I am not just willing to take but I need to take.
- Exercise more and do more mind games. Taking care of my physical fitness will enhance my mental fitness. I’ve always believed that and I’ve always felt that my concentration was better when my body was taken care of. It’s been a minute (almost a year) since I really took my physical fitness seriously so this is the perfect time to go there. As far as mind games, I’ve always wanted to get good at chess and I can’t think of a better mind game outside of brain teasers, puzzles or Sudoku.
So my game plan is laid out. Only thing left is implementation. Simple but far from easy.
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