Why is single tasking better than multi-tasking? Look at these reasons and if any of them appeal to you, give it a go.
IT USES LESS ENERGY – Did you know our brains consume more energy than any other part of our body. The constant shifting of attention is more taxing on the brain’s energy.
SINGLE-TASKING PROMOTES SELF-DISCIPLINE – Distractions, may seem pleasant at the time, but they cause us to “give in” to them. When we “give in,” we are effectively handing over our self-control. I like this quote ” self-control is the sibling of self-discipline.”
SINGLE-TASKING STRENGTHENS US AGAINST DISTRACTIONS – We teach ourselves self-control by practicing single-tasking.
SINGLE-TASKING IMPROVES OUR ATTENTION SPAN – We build resistance to internal or external distractions and are no longer slaves to distracting thoughts. Studies show that the average attention of a human is 8 seconds!! Let’s not be average 🙂
SINGLE-TASKING MAKES US HAPPIER – Quality time is something we all cherish whether it be with family, friends or on our own. We can only get maximum enjoyment from something if we give it our full attention.
SINGLE-TASKING IMPROVES OUR COMMUNICATION – Ever mentally ‘disappeared’ during a conversation? We cannot be thoughtful, respectful and present (an effective communicator) unless we give another person our full attention.
SINGLE-TASKING IMPROVES OUR RELATIONSHIPS – Is anything more important than our personal and professional relationships! Multi-tasking negatively affects our relationships for all the reasons listed above.
The human brain is not designed to multi-task so why do we keep trying?
We are expected to be busy all the time these days, so let’s get busy improving our lives.