In my previous post on The Art of Single Tasking, I set a challenge for myself to practice single tasking rather than multitasking. You can read about it here.
I have now been on my challenge for about 2 weeks now and have noticed a big shift in my productivity and the way I feel throughout the day. I have been able to get so much more done by simply acting with intention. In addition, I have found that I now go about my day with more clarity, gratitude and a calmer demeanour.
One of the surprising things that has come out from this little experiment is that I have felt like I am able to let some things go - simply because I recognise how a lot of things can add complication and unnecessary stress to my life, which detracts my energy from doing the things that really matter.
So, in a way, single tasking is about creating a more minimalist lifestyle with more thought behind each action.
During my 2 weeks, I have noticed that there are a number of tasks where I would subconsciously default into multi-tasking mode. There were specific tasks (such as breakfast, commuting to work, etc) where I would always feel the need to multi-task because I had succumbed to this habit overtime.
So for today, I have written down a list of Single Tasking Reminders to help you on your own single tasking challenge too.
- Eat breakfast without reading a book / newspaper / going online / checking your phone
- When you drive or take public transport - simply sit and observe. You don't always need to be distracted by a book or by music.
- Watch a movie from start to finish without doing other things. I am so guilty of this - I would put a movie on and have it playing in the background when I am doing something else.
- Listen to an album all the way through without doing something else.
- Connect with the people you speak to - don't think about what you need to say next, just listen and react to what needs to come through.
- Carry around a notebook and write things down should you feel like you will get distracted.
- Start your day with some mindful morning rituals. Do these one at a time.
- Set a timer for 20 minutes and divide your tasks into 20 minute intervals. Some tasks might take longer, but this method, called the Pomodoro method works really well to help you focus.
- Declutter your desk so that you don't have any distractions there.
- Switch off your phone for a day on the weekend and detox from technology
- Allocate one day of the week to cleaning. I find that I look for opportunities to clean constantly and when I see something that needs cleaning, it immediately needs to get done before I feel like I can move onto something else. For me, it's a big distraction.
- Slow down your evening with night rituals. Again, do these one at a time.
- Have only one browser window open at a time when you are on the internet. I always find I have 20 windows open!
Here is a downloadable printable for you to use as well. Please pin it onto your Pinterest board if you want to reference back to it later as well.
This is still something that I am slowly working towards. It is so easy to let the things we come across during the day get sucked up into the whirling hurricane of chaotic list of to dos.
However, by taking a step back, focusing on one thing at a time and letting go of the things that are draining you energetically, you will find that your day flows so much easier!