"Key to success: Do only one thing at a time — and
give it everything you’ve got." Brook Noel
I know this concept might seem difficult to grasp – especially for women who seem to excell in their ability to do ten things at once. I understand the skepticism. Just as I was born complicated, I was also born a multi-tasker.
Once proud of my ability to perform so many tasks at the same time, I have come to terms with the fact that doing multiple things at once doesn’t make me more efficient, it just makes me more "stressed.”
It led me to falsely believe I could do more with less time. Yet when I embraced the concept of doing one thing at a time and began focusing on one thing at a time, something amazing happened. Suddenly I don’t feel so rushed–I don’t feel everything is"urgent."
I don’t feel like I’m on a treadmill. Instead I feal centered and in control. This was true at work and also true at play.
Try watching a movie while paying bills or folding laundry versus just watching the movie. Try playing a game with your child versus playing a game while also fixing dinner.
Which way offers more peace, more enjoyment, more magic in the moment? When we cram a single moment with multiple activities we might get more done, but we can only do so by sacrificing the magic of the moment.
Your Weekly Challenge:
This week, make a concerted effort to do one thing at a time. Watch how stress begins to be replaced by finding more joy in the moment.
Source: Brook Noel, life coach