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52 Ways to More Serenity in Life and Home :: ease-up multitasking (week #3)

52 Ways to More Serenity in Life and Home :: ease-up multitasking (week #3)

Welcome back to our 52 Ways series!

So, how did you do last week?

I made progress in cleaning our home at a calmer pace – usually it’s a bit of a race around here as I send kiddos (and myself) to take 15 minutes and GO!  I also began an embroidery project.  Can’t say it’s a huge goal, but honestly it’s one I’ve started and stopped for years :: kinda felt big to me, and I made one small step!

Isn’t it exciting to make progress?  Let’s move forward into this week….

Week #3  Stop Multitasking Like Crazy.  Remember those older commercials in the ‘war on drugs’ era of the 80s?  There were several of them, but one which repeatedly stuck with most of us went like this:

This is your brain (a wonderfully clean, whole egg)

This is your brain on drugs (egg in frying pan, sizzling)

Ah, the good old days.

Well, I don’t like to be the bearer of bad news…but heavy multitasking, a once coveted skill we’ve been advised to attain, is frying our brains.  I’m serious, and research proves it.  Only 2% of the general population can multitask successfully – the rest of us are suffering from trying.

Over time, we lose IQ points juggling too much at once, and our productivity is suffering.  How ironic – this is the exact reason we’re attempting to multitask in the first place!

May I suggest we lighten our load for a tad more serenity in life?

Seek to stay focused, engaged and present to the task at hand….to the person in front of you, without trying to get more done at the same time.  Stop the other, choose the one.  Then move on.

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Action Plan:  Relationships especially need focused time.  Choose one relationship – this week, put serious attention towards staying engaged in conversation or when relating to this individual.  Shut down other distractions: listen with your whole heart…and mind.

More to Read:  Being Present to Others  {**Update:  I wrote & scheduled this post before noticing, but MoneySavingMom had great thoughts last week on multitasking!**}


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  • LisaJanuary 21, 2013 - 8:38 am

    Ah, truth will always penetrate my heart and this post certainly did. Thanks for the timely reminder!

    By the way, I love your 52 way series. I almost did something similar, but shelved it for another season!


  • TyraJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:28 pm

    I’ll be focusing on being more sensitive and available to my 7 year old boy. He is a true gem; compassionate, helpful and loving. He can also be overly emotional when told no. So I hope in being more attentive and sensitive to his needs that I can help him see I’m here for him.ReplyCancel

  • Daniele @ Domestic SerenityJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:34 pm

    Yes Lisa – it’s a reminder to me as well….

    Tyra – grace in the week as you love on your boy.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa EggersJanuary 22, 2013 - 10:58 pm

    I always thought of myself as such a bad multi-tasker…but maybe it’s not such a bad thing after all. Thanks for this!ReplyCancel

  • Kim at Thistle DewJanuary 25, 2013 - 6:57 am

    Hi Daniele!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I absolutely LOVE yours! And am going to back up to catch up on your 52 Ways!

    Good to meet you!

    Kim 🙂ReplyCancel

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