Yogi-Warrior: Do One Thing…

Do One Thing & Do It Well

Multitasking is an increasingly popular phenomenon in today’s digital world. Multiple lines of research show, however, it doesn’t really make a person more productive. Even so, people still do it because it makes them feel good, new research suggests.

When people try to read and watch TV at the same time, their brains work overtime, scientists say. As such, tasks like reading a textbook chapter as homework take longer when done with other distractions, like a TV show or a constantly beeping phone, for instance. For some reason, though, we still try to multitask.

Previous studies of multitasking have found that when people try to juggle multiple tasks, they generally perform worse on them, no matter their age. Just because a young adult grew up texting, surfing the Internet and watching TV all at the same time, doesn’t mean they are more capable of dealing with the cognitive load involved.

Gloria Mark, a professor in the department of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, has done extensive research on multitasking in the workplace to determine how frequently people switch from one task to another, and how this process affects employees’ mood and stress levels. Researchers found that on average, people switched activities every three minutes throughout the day. Mark said. “In our interviews, many people complained that they were feeling burned out and stressed.”

Sanbonmatsu, a psychologist at the University of Utah carried out extensive research on multitasking their findings suggest that multitasking isn’t boosting people’s efficiency.Doonething-02

“People multitask not because it’s going to lead to greater productivity, but because they’re distractible, and they get sucked into things that are not as important.”

So multitasking looks like it doesn’t help us to perform at our best or get tasks done efficiently. Personally I have to agree with this, knowing that when I don’t focus or pay attention to the job at hand it takes me twice as long and is never as good as I want it to be.

So what is the antidote? Do one thing at a time and focus all your attention and concentration on that activity.

Think of it as single-tasking. Imagine waking and going for a run, as if running were all you do. Nothing else is on your mind but the run, and you do it to the very best of your abilities. Then you eat, enjoying every flavorful bite of your fresh breakfast of whole, unprocessed foods. You read a novel, as if nothing else in the world existed. You do your work, one task at a time, each task done with full focus and dedication. You spend time with loved ones, as if nothing else existed.

This is summed up very well in the quote Alexander Graham Bell

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”

This is a life lived fully in the moment, with a dedication to doing the best you can in anything you do — whether that’s a work project or making green tea.

If you live your life this way, by this single principle, it will have tremendous effects:

  • Your work will become more focused.
  • You will become more effective at your work.
  • You’ll become better at anything you do.
  • Your time alone will be of better quality.
  • Your time with your family will be much more meaningful.
  • Your reading will have less distraction.
  • You’ll lose yourself in anything you deem worthy enough of your time and attention.

Happy Practice