So last week, I started the challenge of not multitasking for one more hour each day, working up to seven hours by the end of the week. I have to say that this one was rocky, especially at the beginning of the week. My weeks tend to get busier as the year continues, so there were moments (and hours) that I would completely forget the challenge altogether.
However, I did learn a lot about myself and multitasking in general. I was inspired to do this one because of a blog I read where a man worked I think 30 days to re-train himself to not multitask. More recently, I found this Stanford study that stated heavy multitaskers have more trouble controlling memory, paying attention and even switching from one job or task to the next. Personally, I know that I have had a hard time lately remembering certain things and staying focused. At the end of this week, as I was slowing down and taking time with each task on its own instead of three or four all at once, I noticed that thoughts seem to come to me easier, and I didn’t get so flustered.
Another thing I noticed is that it did take me longer to do everything I needed to do, but instead of looking at that as a burden, I used it to redefine priorities. Could something wait until tomorrow? Did I need to do all of these tasks right away, or could I delegate them to other people or other days? And, once I spent all of my energy on one project instead of five or six, I could actually remember working on those things. I find that when I multitask all day, I don’t seem to remember most of what I did. This could all just be me, however. Do you recognize any changes when you multitask?
Ok, now for Week # 3.
Week #3 – Learn to let go. I’m a people pleaser and I hold onto bitterness in situations where I could not please the other person. Learn techniques about how to let go in these types of situations, and be ok with say no or disappointing others. Spend the week doing this with prayer to God.