Multitasking vs. Mindfulness
Most of us are multitaskers. We know how to get a lot of things done at once. The thing is that it creates a bit of a fragmented existence. As our attention is divided and we strive to keep up, whole days rush past in a blur as our hands do one thing and our minds are someone else. It creates stress.
Mindfulness requires our full attention. We focus on—and enjoy fully—whatever we are doing at a given moment. Rather than having our thoughts in the past or the future, we focus on the present.
Here is the weird thing I've discovered. When I do this, it seems that time expands.
I don't actually get less done. Instead, I am more focused and can enjoy what I do. I have time to savor my food, enjoy a drive, have a conversation, complete a task. Each time I find myself getting caught up in old patterns of rushing, divided attention, stressful thoughts, I simply bring myself back--usually with a focus on my breath.
I always thought that multitasking made me productive. Now, I think it just makes me stressed.
This is an ongoing journey for me.