Let’s admit it: multitasking is dead!
I used to boost about my ability to multitask- I mean, really MULTItask- I now condemn it.
(Well, maybe that is a too strong word.)
But read on, please:
I woke up early today (5.30am) thanks to my son, who then actually went happily back to sleep. I thought it was a good idea to have -finally- breakfast on my own, while replying to my emails and perhaps finishing writing that chapter of my yoga dissertation that has been hanging there for a few days.
Son gets up. It’s 7am. I encourage him to prepare his own breakfast, while I do some washing, and I write down a few ideas for a meeting I will have later.
I get ready while I get him ready- which believe me, it’s as hard as putting a live squid into a Pringles tube (I must have heard this somewhere … where?) I also make a call while realising I might be late for the meeting.
There is also that webinar about emotional intelligence I want to listen to…- OK, I can do that whilst we walk to nursery. After all it’s a lovely sunny day.
We manage to leave home, but I look like someone who has been attacked by a group of playful monkeys.
I literally run to my meeting- I am on time, yay!
Now, I am meeting another client.
Ah, it’s also Valentine’s day ‘Maybe I should post something on social media’. Well, maybe not.
My mind is all over the place.
Are you still reading? Because if you are, you might have got the idea by now.
Multitasking is a bad choice!
Multitasking is addictive: the more you do, the more you want to do. You might feel you can accomplish a great deal, but what’s the price?
By the end of the morning, I was exhausted and felt drained.
I ticked my todo list with pride, but realised I did all with much more effort than I had planned. That means that this afternoon I am now tired, and feel I need to recover from my hectic morning.
I need time to think. To focus. To reflect. To empty the mind. To hear, smell, listen, and to be silent.
I lie down on the grass in Greenwich park, close my eyes and start letting go of all distractions and thoughts I feel arising. And there are A LOT, like a swarm of excited bees!
It takes me a while longer than usual to focus on my breath, on the rising and falling of my rib cage. Eventually, my breathe stabilises and I feel a sense of calmness pervading me.
It must be my body that hast stopped splurging out adrenaline and finally relaxing down.
Mindfulness is my antidote to multitasking.
It’s my way to recover from my addiction to productivity.
It’s my way to build resilience and get my creativity back.
So, if you are looking for a take away from this post, here it is:
- Self-care is essential to productivity and performance. No energy = no performance, no engagement.
- Mindfulness begins when we start nurturing our kokoro-which in Japanese is our feelings, our heart, our emotions and desires, our mind.
- Self-care is reflection in action: there is an active action of self-care when we stop and absorb the present, fully.
- Multitasking is old stuff. Mindfulness is our modern tool to reach success.
What do you do to fight the urge to #multitask?
Happy Mindful Valentine’s Day, everyone 😊
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