By Batista Gremaud
Multitasking is performing two or more tasks simultaneously or the ability to rapidly switch between tasks, while the definition of single-tasking is the ability to focus on one task at a time without getting distracted.
This is a difficult skill to master in today's age of information overload.
The Facts About Multitasking
Many people think that being able to multitask effectively saves time and money. However, the human brain is not wired for multitasking, regardless of gender. So assuming that women are better multitaskers than men is a myth. Furthermore, a woman can weaken her immune system by continuously processing intellectual data with no rest, especially when hormones change, and she becomes more susceptible to stress. In research conducted by the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, Professeur Elissa Epel says:
"Anything that takes you out of the 'now' can shorten telomeres and promote brain cell aging. This includes dwelling on the past, worrying about the future, exaggerating dangers, and multitasking."
Focusing on too many things at once can negatively impact mental health and well-being, including reduced concentration, increased anxiety, chronic stress, and depression.
Multitasking Decreases IQ and Memory.
Multitasking decreases productivity by splitting your focus between two tasks, making you less present for each one, which lowers performance and increases the risk of making mistakes and missing deadlines. In addition, multitasking can result in performing poorly at multiple activities.
Other studies show that multitasking produces people to display decreased emotional control and empathy.
Other studies conducted at Standford University have shown that multitasking negatively impacts the brain, reducing gray matter and memory, diminishing IQ, and causing a 40% loss in productivity.
Singletasking Is Superior
Single-tasking allows us to focus on one task more thoroughly and deeply. When we give our full attention to one assignment at a time, we are more likely to produce higher-quality work. Single-tasking also permits us to use our energy more efficiently and get more done in an allotted amount of time.
When single-tasking, we can handle our workflow, progress through each task, and help manage mental fatigue and feeling overwhelmed.
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Tips to Break the Multitasking Habit and Be More Productive
It can be challenging to give up multitasking if it has become a habit, but it is possible. First, assess the various things you are trying to accomplish and then determine your priorities.
Here are some management tips to help you be more productive and stressed:
Clear the clutter: Clutter can add stress, be distracting, and cost time, money, and energy. In addition, it can impact your ability to work efficiently, have what you need when you need it, and concentrate on what is essential.
Get a planner: Organize your activities into a planner with a list of importance. Create a work schedule.
Track your time: Instead of constantly switching between tasks, set a timer and devote a specific amount of time to entirely devote your attention to one thing before switching to another.
Limit distractions: Turn off notifications on your phone or computer, unsubscribe to things you don't need, find a quieter workplace, and shut down social media sites.
Take breaks: Stay alert by stretching regularly, drinking water, standing in front of a window, and breathing. Don't skip meals.
Be mindful: Adding mindfulness to your life may help you become more aware of when you are being distracted. Mindfulness can also improve your ability to focus, pay attention to your actions, and stay grounded in the present moment.
Living with one-pointed awareness is said to be beneficial in many spiritual paths. For example, you can be more creative in the zone, and things may come to you more easily. But, on the other hand, multitasking goes against the grain of some universal laws that preach living in the present moment with full consciousness and connection to our inner selves.
At The Gym
Do you mindlessly watch television or text at the gym, hogging up the equipment?
Focusing on your workouts rather than your phone would enable you to stay grounded, centered, and aware and help you set the tone for how you behave in the gym and the world.
You can use your time at the gym to control and conquer multitasking by focusing on each exercise without letting your mind wander. This will teach disciple and focus while potentially preventing injuries. You'll get energized, so you can get more done faster and learn to prioritize and delegate assignments to others when you have too much on your plate.
Habits, both conscious and unconscious, govern our actions. Therefore, we are responsible for raising collective consciousness by controlling our activities to contribute to a better, healthier environment.
You can slow down aging by pacing yourself and doing things that make you feel good.
Single-tasking could be the answer to improve mental health, well-being, and productivity.
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Batista Gremaud is the CEO and president of Dr Fitness International, an International Body Designer, Strength Training Expert, No1 Best Selling author of Feminine Body Design, Empowering Fitness For A Pain-Free Life, co-creator of the Feminine Body Design online strength training mentoring system, co-host of the Esoteric Principles of Bodybuilding, Recipient of the most outstanding fitness program 2019 by The Winners Circle, Mastermind at Sea. and producer of the
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