Life gets pretty crazy sometimes. As much as we want to admit that we are great at balancing our lives, there are times when (quite frankly) we fall just short of the goal. What we have to remember is that it is perfectly okay (that’s right, it’s okay!) to fall short sometimes. It happens. The key is to get back up and learn from it.
Balancing our lives is a challenge. We have goals we want to achieve; and, often, it always seems as though the closer we are to attaining those goals, the further away they become. This causes us to do the unthinkable – multitask! As much as we want to believe we are achieving more by multitasking, we in fact are not.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta shares this about multitasking:
“You're not actually doing both activities at the same time, in fact, you're now diverting your attention from one part of your brain to another part of your brain. That takes time, that takes resources, that takes brain cells. What happens on the other side of the brain is that you're starting a brand new activity, so in fact you're probably slower and not nearly as good at doing both activities at the same time.”
Unless you are one of the 2% of people who are super multitaskers, I caution you to stop multitasking and focus on one activity at a time. I realize this may sound crazy but you will thank me! When you give your brain the rest it needs in between activities, you will find you are more productive. That means completing one task at a time and making the time to rest. Step away from work (even if it is only for five minutes) and do nothing. Go outside for a breath of fresh air. Go get a drink of water. Stretch your legs. Do something that is not related to work. Try it and see what happens!
Wisdom moments with The Authority in Global Business Dynamics.