Tuesday, April 16, 2013

One thing at a time...

This is an amazing era. Technology allows us to do so many things in such short periods of time. We can call a friend in Sydney, while texting our sister Happy Birthday! and checking the value of the stocks in our portfolios in the web browser of our smart phone. Technology allows us to multi-task. Yet, just because we can doesn't mean we should.

Our conscious brain cannot multi-task. Neuroscientists have found that the brain can focus on only one thing at a time. Our unconscious brain is another thing. It can regulate our body with many processes happening at the same time–it's our automatic nervous system working. When we divide our attention, we are unconscious to what we are doing. It might as well be a bowel movement.

Focus on one thing at a time giving it your full attention. How? Set aside time for what is important to you. Decide on time for work, exercise, meditation, family, entertainment and such. If you ask me to coffee, then let's do coffee, but let's put our phones away.

I am a recovering multi-tasker. Since dropping the habit, my stress level has diminished considerably. In addition, I enjoy what I do, my family and my friends even more. I feel my life is more balanced. I plan, I organize and I achieve more–all while keeping calm and focused.

You can recover from multi-tasking too. Your brain is neuroplastic. Your brain has this amazing ability to restructure itself and form new habits. You can tell your brain who's boss. You are not your brain. You are the one who gets to use it.

Today is a good day to mindfully focus on one thing at a time, enjoy more of what you do, achieve more and stress less.

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