Multitasking Schmultitasking

Why is multitasking celebrated?
Multitasking basically makes you do a really crappy job at a whole bunch of things all at the same time. Half-assed, as my dad would say. 😉
I believe that if you want to do something right and with love, you have to give it your full attention. It is that simple.
Whenever I have actually been “present” with what I am doing, things change. It is almost impossible for me not to do with with love, joy and purpose in my heart. 
We have this notion of success and accomplishment that we feel we need to live up to. We want to get things done and we fool ourselves into believing that the success will come if we just go ahead and spread ourselves thin. We can triumph more ventures in less time, we think. 
Wrong. It backfires. You may not see it is first, but imagine a life filled with multitasking. It will drive you mad.
People deserve our full attention, yet we hardly give it to the ones we love the most, let alone, strangers.
When we are working and the phones are ringing and the text messages are dinging over and over, it is difficult to do so. I know…I get it.
As I sit here, there are lots of things vying for my attention. It is really difficult to just concentrate on this task at hand. I have had to stop myself several times from wanting to take care of something else that is pinging me. I faltered once (so you know I am not perfect LOL) and it took me a full 3 minutes to get back into my “writing mode.” That is what multitasking does. Divides and distracts. Makes your actions less powerful and effective.
I always tell people that the reason that I love hiking so much is because I am forced to fully focus on my task at hand. It is not about the destination, it is about the journey. The destination is the “perk” of the hike, but the success of it is not my goal. Success to me in these moments is taking in and enjoying every step and view. I am only concentrating on the step that I am taking at that exact moment in time and nothing else. It is so freeing and I can feel a weight being lifted off of me within moments of stepping on a trail.
Today, try doing one thing at a time and see what happens. Then, multitask and see what is better.

Thank you so much for reading today. I hope that I made you smile and think a little bit. Be sure to check out my Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher —- Jen’s 10 G’s

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