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How would it feel if you could focus on just one thing at a time?
When I asked my clients that question, they said the same three things. They would feel …
- in control
Now, what if I asked you …
How would it feel if you went through your day being calm, focused and in control?
Likely your mind started short-circuiting … thinking of a million reasons why that’s absolutely not possible.
It’s no wonder … given you’ve got a million priorities you’re juggling between home responsibilities and running your business. How could focusing on one thing be possible?
I had the same reaction when I started meditating.
In meditation, the key is to focus on one thing … your breath. Doing this brings clarity of mind and quietness within.
In the beginning, I had a hard time because my mind kept wandering and I started to think of all the things I had to do.
I call it mental multitasking, when your mind starts wandering and goes into overload, thinking of all the things you have to do and trying to solve all of the problems.
That’s why mental multitasking, and multitasking in general, doesn’t work.
You might kid yourself into believing you’re more productive when you’re multitasking. In fact, the opposite is true.
The fact is you’re not as productive as you could have been if you were focusing on just one thing at a time.
If you’re feeling frazzled, stressed and tired at the end of the day, it’s because your brain has been doing all of this overwork throughout the day.
Instead, I invite you to try mental monotasking. That’s when you’re focusing on just one thing at a time.
Like in meditation, when your mind starts wandering, as it will do, be aware of it, notice it and bring your focus back to whatever you were working on.
Practicing mental monotasking will help you feel calm, focused, and in control, as you move through your day.