Although my schedule has been quite full, I made a conscious choice a while back to not multi-task anymore. I always have multiple projects going on at a time between work and home, but I take every effort to not do any of them at the same time. This has allowed me to be in the moment and be mindful. I feel I have plenty of time and energy to smell the roses.
Of course this does not mean I always completely finish what I’m doing before I move on to the next activity, but I work on things mindfully before I moving on to five other things. For example, I might sort the laundry and put a load in. Then I may move on to dishes and will complete them before going back to change out loads. The theme is I’m doing house chores and not talking on the phone, texting, addressing e-mails, etc. I address those things separately and individually.
By choosing to focus on one thing at a time I am present and feel a sense of accomplishment and balance. If I am doing a task and someone ask me to start something new at the same time, I have to say that I will address that at a later time when I can get to a stopping point. I will jot it down and free my mind of it until time to address it arises. In doing this with others, I am also setting a precedence of how I am to be treated. I don’t create the expectation of others that I will multi-task and drop everything for them right then.
The level of accomplishment has increased for me while not feeling exhausted and out of balance. I used to pride myself in being a great multi-tasker. Now I am at so much peace making a conscious choice to not be a multi-tasker. I take life moment to moment as much as I can now. If I do try to multi-task, I become way overstimulated and out of balance. So now that my blog article is finished, I will post it and then go make lunch. May your day be mindful and balanced.