I really did this one 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.
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. Don’t fry your brain. Practice self-care. Try Unitasking today.
One way to build motivation for unitasking is to consider the deeper meaning of each task. In that deeper meaning, we also find hidden pleasure and satisfaction in every day endeavors.
“The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.” -Thomas Moore
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.
Do you think you can try unitasking this week? Share your successes and failures (and remember there really aren’t any failures if you catch yourself being mindless, you are really being mindful).
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We wish you twenty minutes of mindfulness every day!