The art of multitasking – friend or foe?

I used to think that motherhood and multitasking were synonymous. The idea that one could juggle all of these balls at once – being a mother of three children, with three different sets of school commitments, activities, social lives, as well as my own pursuits – was simply my autopilot mode. The reality of our lives indeed propels us towards an existence with even greater levels of divided attention, especially when considering the exponential impact of screens; there is always a message to reply to, a social media alert to distract us, and plenty of opportunities to load up on commitments, thereby adding layers to the already over-scheduled lives we lead. 

Can we manage? Sure… but is our goal simply to manage and juggle? Or are we meant to thrive? To master and excel? To reach our goals with meaningful pursuit and passion?

Ask yourselves, is it possible, in all of your attempts at juggling, or time management if you will, are you in fact losing time?

Here’s what we do know; this multitasking epidemic comes at a cost to your brain function. The human brain is incapable of effectively switching from one task to another without becoming compromised;

Missed Opportunity

Multitasking induces a state of blindness to your surroundings. Even though you may be watching something – a play, a program, something in your environment – the brain won’t register any of the details if your attention is shared with your phone or iPad. 

Overeating

Distracting yourself during meals impedes the brain from fully registering when you are full. This leads to overeating.

Time Loss

The brain takes longer to recognize new things so time loss is therefore inevitable.

Limits Creativity

Multitasking dilutes our potential for creativity. The temporary brain storage needed for an individual to creatively flourish is being used up when brain strength is divided between tasks.  

Decreased Productivity

A reduction in productivity is a byproduct of this time loss. You never get to fully be ‘in the zone’.

Short-Term Memory Loss

Short-term memory loss or disruption occurs due to this depleted mental energy. Ask yourself when the last time you uttered the words “I can’t remember” was?

There are ways that you can modify your coping strategies pertaining to time management while gaining focus and perspective on your global well-being. Try building these adaptive behaviours into your weekly schedule and gain the most out of your time, your relationships, your life. 

Relax Your Brain

Avoid screens for the first and last hours of everyday. This will provide you with a better quality of sleep and allow for more productive days overall. 

Another way we love to relax our brain is with our beloved Fortified Calming Tea.

Plan Screen Breaks

Make room for full screen breaks at least once a day and use that time to engage in deeper, more focused ways of activating your brain, such as reading, problem solving, writing, engaging in conversation. Activities carried out during these moments will be completed more efficiently and with little chance for error.

Group Your Tasks

You will be far more efficient if you organize your tasks according to brain function. Try paying all of your bills at once for instance. This will be less taxing on your brain and will yield far fewer errors.

Master the Art of the List

It’s always best to keep track of everything you have going on, from work, to kids, to social commitments, to your shopping, in a singular way: the MASTER TO-DO LIST to end all lists. This will keep your priorities in check. Moreover, be specific in the details of your list; this will help keep you less distracted, more focused, and more motivated to cross things off – one completed task at a time.

When we talk about lifestyle, we always emphasize the necessity for balance. The idea is to maximize our quality of life without imposing stringent boundaries on ourselves that leave little or no room for failure but almost always invoke it.

The end game for all of us should be to have real experiences. We need to complete tasks and attain goals in meaningful, productive ways, and to engage in heartfelt interpersonal relationships without missing the positive feelings associated with these experience due to compromised brain function.

Live your life. Adopt the Global Glow Lifestyle.

Global Glow by JK | Live your life. Adopt the Global Glow lifestyle.

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