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Why You Should Relax and Stop Multitasking

Updated on January 25, 2012
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Not to brag, but I am a master at multitasking! I'm very organized and can do several things at once. I have always been this way and just did it without much thought about it. Then it became all the rage. Multitasking became a popular word and it was thought to be a valuable attribute. I was pleased that I fell into this category, until I realized something that made me change my ways.

I was, as usual, doing three things at once one day when I realized I was feeling frazzled and overwhelmed. I stopped right in the middle of these three things and just stood there, taking some deep breaths, trying to relax. Suddenly a veterinarian I used to go to popped into my mind. I remembered how focused she was when she was working on one of my animals. She would go from one thing to another, but focused on one thing until it was complete. I used to admire her for being so calm and thorough.

Well, it hit me like a ton of bricks! This whole multitasking routine was making me a nervous wreck and probably had for most of my adult life! I vowed right then and there to stop, breath, slow down and be like my vet. Focus entirely on one thing at a time and then move on. I was afraid I wouldn't get as much done, but guess what? I actually got more done and felt I did it better. And when I was finished I didn't feel frazzled and overwhelmed.

I still fall into the multitasking mode sometimes and have to catch myself. I won't say that there aren't times in our lives when we have to do several things at once, but in general we don't and shouldn't. It only leads to frazzled nerves, confusion and exhaustion. It can also lead to a job not done as well as it could be. I find the things I do now are performed more efficiently since I've started focusing completely on one job at a time.

We live in a world today that is fast and furious. We feel we have to accomplish so much in one day or we are failures somehow. If we don't "do, do, do" or go, go, go, we are lazy, not competent, not professional, out of sync...something bad! When did we become a group of people who think we're superhuman? There is only so much one can take on in any given day and we have to stop thinking we can go beyond that limit. It's not only bad for our health and mental stability, but can cause mistakes that can really screw things up.

My advice for anyone who is a multitasker is to relax and FOCUS. Put your whole attention on the task at hand and then move on to the next. You'll be amazed at the results and how you feel. I have to say thanks to Jennifer for making me see this.

How much of a mutitasker are you?

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      catgypsy 6 years ago from the South

      Karanda, thanks for the comment. If you're a multi-tasker, it does take some practice to stop doing that. I still find myself doing it until I catch myself and refocus! I also think that women tend to muti-task more than men. Good luck with it.

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      Karen Wilton 6 years ago from Australia

      I love the concept of focusing instead of trying to do fifteen things at once. My husband is not a multi-tasker at all yet he seems to achieve more and finish more tasks than I can only dream of because of his focus. I've started to combine the two concepts - it works well but takes a bit of practice.

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      catgypsy 6 years ago from the South

      Thanks for reading! That's what I found I was doing too! I don't know how we all got into this whole "doing it all" mode! I guess we're all pressed for time these days.

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      LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I multitask and when I do I get so caught up in getting everything done that sometimes nothing is ever complete...

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      catgypsy 6 years ago from the South

      Thanks so much cashmere!

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      Olde Cashmere 6 years ago

      Wonderful advice and I love how you used a memory technique to calm your nerves and get you to focus on a certain task. Voted up, useful, and interesting. Great hub catgypsy (:

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      catgypsy 6 years ago from the South

      L.L. thanks for commenting! We have so much stress and anxiety these days that I try to figure out any way to lessen mine! It's hard to do a good job when you're stressed out.

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      catgypsy 6 years ago from the South

      Well, it's true that being young helps you to have more energy and stamina. Nice to know you too and thanks for the vote up!

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      catgypsy 6 years ago from the South

      So true! I checked out your Hub and commented.

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      catgypsy 6 years ago from the South

      Ian, thanks for the comments. It is easy to get caught up in it, especially on a computer! Thanks for the votes!

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      Bridget25 6 years ago

      I Try to multitasks but sometimes if you have to much to do it can wear you out and we do not get the rest we need.

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      Silent hurricane 6 years ago from Israel

      I'm a multitasker but I don't feel those feelings you get, maybe because I'm still young. Anyways, it's nice to know! Voted up.

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      L.L. Woodard 6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I agree with your conclusion that multitasking can lead to undue stress and anxiety. And, at least for me, I've found it to be true that it is difficult to give my best to any one thing when I am trying to do many at once.

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      Ian D Hetri 6 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      Very useful information. Since joining hubpages i have to say iv been multitasking. I see better now. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.


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