In a previous blog post, I spoke about the importance of single-tasking. Single-tasking is so vital to how you go about your day. By choosing to focus on one task, we’re choosing to act with intention. And slowly, you will find yourself going about your tasks with clarity, gratitude and a calmer demeanour.
When I first chose to become a business owner as a self-confessed multi-passionate-new-project-starter, I struggled with trying to do #allthethings in my business.
However, I knew that life and business didn't need to feel like I had to grow five heads and eight arms in order to get everything I wanted done. My perspective and practice with consciousness and mindfulness played a huge role in guiding me towards doing business with grace, ease and intention.
This where single-tasking comes in. Something that surprised me when I choose to practise single tasking (in both my life and while running my design studio) was how I was able to let go of certain things. By going about my day with a sense of focus and commitment to single-task, I realised that I had developed a rather unhelpful habit of adding unnecessary stress and complexity. This was really coming from my desire for ultimate perfection (recovering perfectionist), greater "efficiency" and a fear of missing out.
However, when you try to do more than one thing at a time, it detracts your energy from focusing on the tasks that really matter. In a way, single-tasking is about creating a more minimalist lifestyle with more thought behind each action and decision.
Shifting from multi-tasking to single-tasking isn’t easy. Having worked with so many ambitious, business owners, I have seen how easy and comfortable it can be for my clients to subconsciously default back into multi-tasking mode. Especially because his habit has been so deeply ingrained in how we move about each day, something as simple as breakfast can be overrun by the urge to answer a work email whilst writing out content for our next Instagram post.
So, I’ve written down a list of thirteen tips for single-tasking that will serve as reminders to help you focus on one task at a time:
Single-tasking isn’t something that you’re going to be able to do overnight. After all, it’s so easy to let things we come across during the day get sucked up into the whirling hurricane of a chaotic to-do list.
By choosing to take a step when you are going about your day-to-day in your business, focusing on one thing at a time and letting go of the things draining you energetically, you will find that your day flows so much easier!