Mindfulness & Monotasking

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As a society, though I’d consider the change to be more on a scale of individuals, we’ve entered a new era of spirituality, self-care, self-improvement and within that, mindfulness. The ‘market’ behind the idea of mindfulness is currently thriving, there are a billion and one books written about how you can practice mindfulness, how to incorporate it into daily life, not just for the anxious adult, but it’s becoming more and more open to young adults and children as well. The bottom line is is that it’s everywhere and there must be a reason for this.

Let’s start right at the beginning, though I don’t consider myself an expert on the topic at all, I know that to be mindful, is to simply be aware of the present moment, to be fully immersed in the here and now without dwelling on regrets and mistakes of the past or the worries of the unknown future. It’s solely a focus on the present because that’s what’s important, the past cannot be undone and the future cannot be predicted. By having a focus on the present you become more grateful for what you have and what you don’t have becomes less of an issue. You treasure the memories you have more so because although life is all one fleeting moment, at the times that mattered the most you were present and you were happy.

But why the link to monotasking? We live in a world where we are hyperconnected all the time, from the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep, we’re glued to screens, whether it be our phones, TV’s, laptops or any other device, we just can’t seem to live without them. We live in a society that glorifies multitasking, whilst we’re eating breakfast in the mornings we’re scrolling through social media trying to frantically catch up on what we’ve missed through the night. But is it really at that important for us to know what’s going on at every second of every single day? Unless it’s an apocalyptic emergency that’s going on, I’d answer that question with a no.

Despite the fact that multitasking can be effective some of the time, monotasking, the idea of giving a task all of your undivided attention, is much more beneficial, the quality of the work will be much higher compared to trying to switch your attention and abilities between different types of tasks. Since mindfulness has blown up and may be on its way to becoming a central part of human life, monotasking is also something that I believe links closely to it and can be much more effective in our daily lives.

The idea of living solely in the present moment and going about your daily life tackling one task at a time seems like a dream to me.  


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