Women are funny. We take huge pleasure and pride in being able to multi-task in our lives. We juggle parenting, working, thinking, friendships, as well as the occasional hair-cut and time with hubby. I too, love the fact that in order for everything to function on time, and for our children to get to all their commitments, it requires me to organise, remember and multi-task to make it happen.
It sounds all good, right?
The thing is, by doing EVERYTHING at the same time and with the same intensity, we also burn ourselves out real quick, get run-down, and forget to be present. We run out of time, we feel harassed, and the things we are doing, are sometimes not done to the standard that we like to get it done.
Now, obviously I’m generalising, but I’m sure that there is a prickle of awareness in you, that I may have hit the nail on the head in some aspect of your day.
Are we being efficient, or effective?
Sometimes, in order to create more time in our day, or to find the time to enjoy our day, we need to stop trying to do everything – we need to stop multi-tasking in every part of our day. If we take the time to be present and do one thing at a time, and focus on that one thing in it’s entirety, you might find that –
- it is done better
- it is done quicker
- you feel less stressed
- you feel more energised
Take a look at your to-do list this week, and commit to focussing on a few key things on the list as things that you will be effective with this week, rather than efficient. Commit to something important that you will focus on for an hour, and try not to multi-task.
It might be reading a book to your children, completing your accounts, or a work related job. If you can become less stressed, create time and space in any part of your day, then you will find that your family will reap the benefits.
What are you going to focus on today?