11 Days to Go: Turning 50! 50 GlowTips I’m sharing to Spread the Glow!
11 Days to go until I turn 50! So I’ve decided to share 50 GlowTips to Get Your Glow ON — one per day, in no particular order of importance and just as they come to me…
And here’s GlowTip 40: Multi-tasking or Half-Arsing?! I’d rather do one thing (really well) at a time!
I’m hopeless at multitasking. I can’t even walk and talk on my phone at the same time! If my phone rings, I have to stop and talk. Because I’ve walked into things too many times. And if I’m concentrating on where I’m going — then I’m not listening properly to the person on the other end.
I’m so distracted a lot of the time that I really have to consciously focus on what I’m doing. I walk into walls and tables and cupboard doors when I’m not even on the phone! I’ve always got bruises because my body is going somewhere when my mind is somewhere else.
It’s happened to me often when I’m driving in my car — I’m so busy thinking about something else that I forget to turn off to where I’m going. Or worse, I forget where I’m going completely!
I know I shouldn’t admit this, because it’s a dangerous habit on the road — but I get a lot of ideas and insights while I’m driving. Unless of course, when I’m actually focused on driving — in which case I’ve noticed I drive totally differently. I’m much more assertive and purposeful. I’m on a mission to get where I’m going!
I used to think I was so inept because I couldn’t multitask! I’m a deep-focus kind of person. But now I’ve realised it’s not a shortcoming and I’m very lucky! Because once I’m focused on what I’m doing, I block out all distractions and really get stuck in. And there’s no other way of getting into the flow!
I don’t answer the phone, or check my email when I’m working. Because even when you’re in the flow, one distraction can shut it down completely. And often those ideas can’t be recovered.
Nobody can focus on two things at once! It’s not possible to give different things your full attention at the same time. So I find it odd when people proudly say they’re multi-tasking — when it’s really more like “half-arsing”.
It’s much more efficient to focus on getting one thing done properly at a time, than it is to do a whole lot of things partially well. And ironically, it actually takes up less time!
It’s a much richer experience to be present and actually experience and enjoy something, than it is to photograph it and Tweet it and post it on Facebook! We can be so busy faffing around on social media; sharing the experience with our ‘friends’, that we’re actually missing the experience and a lot of the Good Stuff!
Recently I was out visiting wine estates with a friend. I took a pic of our bottle of bubbly to post to Twitter. He got a bit irritated and asked me to put my phone away. And I’m glad he did! I hadn’t realised how rude I was being. I was ignoring him (not intentionally — I love him to bits!) and paying attention to my Twitter followers, most of whom I don’t know from a bar of soap — instead of enjoying the bubbly, the gorgeous view and his delightful company. I was missing the Good Stuff!
I’m happy to do one thing at a time and to do it well. Anything more makes me feel a bit anxious — I find it hard when I’m scattered all over the place. Mono-tasking purposefully and properly works for me! And it’s a better option for all of us. It’s more efficient and productive and it creates more of the Good Stuff. So there’s nothing inept about that!