Confessions Of A Multi-Passionate Project Starter

Confessions Of A Multi-Passionate Project Starter

Since I was young, I have always looked at the world with so much curiosity and passion. I seemed to pour my heart completely into everything that piqued my curiosity. It was like an  endless chase to attain greater understanding and new perspectives that kept me interested. 

However, as my curiosity gradually seeped its way into all areas of my life, I often found myself smothered by my interests and hobbies. It was so easy for me to get trapped in the exploration stage of a hobby, only for me to move on to the next thing that caught my eye. 

As a multipassionate creative, I spend my days delicately balancing my energy between all my interests and projects. For example, I absolutely love studying Japanese and learning about alternative health and doing my yoga as well as illustrating, designing, cooking and blogging. I guess I have always loved learning and the feeling from discovering something new just lights up my heart.

But, as a result of this, I feel a sense of guilt when I spend more time on some projects or hobbies than others. It is constantly a balance. And for the long list of unfinished projects and hobbies that I have pushed aside, I feel like I have failed them in a way. Multipassionate creatives also feel the judgement of others as they try to understand why we can't just choose one thing and stick to it. And we curse ourselves for overcomplicating our lives with so many passions.

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13 Reminders For Single Tasking

13 Reminders For Single Tasking

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.  

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The Art of Single Tasking

The Art of Single Tasking

Over the last few years, multi-tasking has slowly become a habit for me. It has only been recently that I have started to discover the art of single tasking for myself! Initially, I thought it was just a more efficient way for me to juggle various things at the one time. 

I felt like I was being productive; ticking things off my to do list. It seemed like it was having a positive impact on my life at work.

So after work, I would continue my multi-tasking at home too. I would do my house chores while preparing dinner while writing a blog post. Over time, I found that multi-tasking had become more than a habit, but a way I went about my day. It was so rare for me to be single tasked focused, doing only one thing at a time - like eat my breakfast without staring at my computer screen. 

By the end of the day, when I had finally finished ticked off all my tasks in a chaotic scramble, I felt restless, anxious and disconnected. I felt like I was struggling to find calm as I moved throughout the day.

I believe that by doing various tasks at the same time, we no longer move through each moment with intention, but simply going through the motions. I believe that each intention holds energy (whether negative or positive).

And by doing things without intent, without thought, without focus, we are not giving this task our positive energy in order to truly experience the moment. 

As a result, we end up gliding along the surface of our experiences - failing to go deeper.

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