Reality Blog: Ten Reasons Why Single Tasking is Good for You

Businesswoman Is Very Multitasking

Businesswoman Is MultitaskingDid you have a favorite childhood story where the characters controlled time? They escaped into a cupboard or a tree, into magical lands where they had amazing adventures and incredible experiences while time stood still.

Imagine if life could be like that?

Time standing still while you polish work projects to perfection, complete your studies, or work on a new business idea. All while lavishing attention on your loved ones and enjoying leisure activities too.

It’s a big part of why you want your writer’s life.

If you’re anything like me, you’re always wishing for more time.

While I can’t make time stand still, what if I told you that you can have a few extras hours in the day? Not only that, you could be productive and effective, all with a single action. Would that get your attention?

Well, there’s good news… You can.

It seems counterintuitive, but the way to achieve more is to do one task at a time with concentration and focus.

Today, we are driven to multitask. Despite its popularity, evidence is mounting that single tasking is better.

It packs a powerful punch in helping to improve every area of your work and home life.

By working on one task at a time, you can:

  1. Maximize your brain’s potential and keep it healthy

    Your brain is designed to concentrate on one task at a time so you can work accurately, effectively, and creatively.

    When you do a task, your brain does two things. It increases the messages to the parts of the brain needed to complete the task. At the same time, it calms down activity in the other parts of the brain.

    It’s like a show. The spotlight is focused on the stage, while all the other lights are dimmed, so you know where to put your attention and you can see what’s happening.

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Hayley Michaels

Hayley is a freelance web writer who specializes in health, beauty and psychology. She is living and working in South Africa.

4 Comments

  • I’ve totally been a victim of the mayhem… In fact, in the last few week’s I’ve been consciously trying to focus on one thing at a time. Old habits die hard, though!

    Thanks for the reminder of WHY it’s necessary to single-task. I think we all secretly know it isn’t a good idea, but we need the proof stuck in our faces before we’ll consider changing our ways. 😉

    • I know what you mean. It’s hard to convince ourselves that ‘less is more’.

      Even though I multitask all the time, I’m really not good at it. It’s a relief to find out it’s better to do one thing at a time.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post and that it came at the right time for you.

      All the best
      Hayley

      • I really enjoyed this one, too. Hayley. This week, I’ve been limiting my to do list to 6 items a day including any meetings I might have. I can do more if I finish those things, but I don’t put anything on the list until those are all crossed off. So far I’m having my most productive week in quite a long time. Thank you!

        • Wow, that’s great to hear Heather!

          I’ve had a similar experience- I’ve been finding that by concentrating on one task at a time, they go quicker and I feel calmer.

          I’m glad you found this useful.

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