I often hear women say that they can multitask and do more then one thing at once. Well i hate to burst your bubble but women can no more multitask then fly to the moon without a rocket. By multitask i mean, do more then one thing at once.
What is really happening in the brain is that women’s brain are more adapt at quickly moving from one task to another so it looks like we can multitask, thereby it looks like we can do it ‘all’ at the same time. Stanford University found that those who continually tried to multitask, such as write emails, watch television and send text messages, were actually very bad at it and were not actually multitasking at all but switching clumsily between separate tasks.
So today or tomorrow because for me this is a late post, seems to work out that way these days, i want you to do just one thing at a time. For instance; if you are reading my post (I thank you) i want you to do just that, if you are driving in the car i want you to drive in silence and don’t forget to turn off the mobile phone. If you are eating dinner, i want you to just eat dinner. This is known as mindfulness.
Mindfulness is often associated with Buddhism but it doesn’t mean that you have to be a practicing Buddhist to practice mindfulness. In fact i used to practice mindfulness at work and i worked in a very busy and stressful place at times. Try the following; when you are walking, say to yourself ‘I am walking’ and do only that. At work if i was with a patient, although i had to be aware that i may be needed in an emergency, i was with that patient fully. I was not thinking about the next job to be done but i was making sure that the job i was engaged in at that moment, was perfect. For me it created a sense of calm not only to what I was doing but it also radiated outwards to the others working with me, even when there was chaos.
However since i gave up work i have dropped the mindfulness but right now it would be a good thing for me to be doing has my brain jumps from one thing to be done to the next. So tomorrow i will try to eat my meals without the aid of the computer and read without music in the background and have a bath without a book, and just be in that moment.