I really did this the other day: I picked up our house phone to call my husband at his office and at the same time, with my other hand, using my other ear, picked up my Iphone to check messages. Yup, that really happened. It’s been one of those weeks where I should be donning a scarlet H on my bodice – H for hypocrite. The hypocrite who founded mindful hub.
But was I really doing two things at once? And at what cost? Brain researchers assert that we really can’t multitask and business gurus tell us that productivity dips as much as 40 percent when we try to multitask. Instead, what happens when we try to quickly switch from one task to the next is the brain becomes overwhelmed, fried.
We can think of our mindfulness practice as “unitasking” – taking time for mindfulness allows us to strengthen the part of the brain responsible for executive functioning, making it easier for us to slow down, and calmly choose one task at a time.
Just something to think about next time you find yourself with a phone at each ear.
How mindful were you this week? Share your successes and failures (and remember there really aren’t any failures if you catch yourself being mindless).
We wish you twenty minutes of mindfulness every day!