Dad and I love to play a game or four of Bananagrams every so often and whenever I do, I feel a calm wash over me, occasionally jeopardised by Dad’s tantrums, but mostly not. When you’re playing you can’t think about anything else, your attention is entirely focused on the challenge at hand – you’re single-tasking. And it’s wonderful.
I made a comment about this to Dad, and he pointed at me – something he berates anyone else for doing, “don’t point you’re finger at me” is an oft-used phrase of his – and said, “that’s your next blog.” And here we are.
Multi-tasking is considered an asset in today’s busy world, and you don’t have to be a genius to understand why. You’ll be hard pressed to find a resume these days that doesn’t include something like “strong ability to successfully balance multiple priorities” under the candidate’s skills, and that’s fair enough.
But is being a multi-tasker 24/7 to our betterment or detriment?
I’m as guilty as anyone. I watch TV while scrolling through my Instagram account, listen to podcasts whilst doing the dishes and listen to music while showering. As I write this post I have 4 other tabs open on my screen. Sound familiar?
The number of times I hop out of the shower and think to myself, ‘did I wash the conditioner out of my hair?”. It’s not unusual to have to get Mum or Dad to explain what just happened on the TV show we’re watching because I was distracted by my phone or I take the last bite of my meal without realising because I was typing an email at the same time. I wasn’t present in any of those moments.
Am I letting my life pass me by because I’m trying to cram so much into it?
Pretty ironic, don’t you think?
Being present isn’t a revolutionary concept, but it’s certainly the buzz word or phrase at the moment. It goes hand-in-hand with mindfulness (and full disclosure, Mum and I started a 4-week Mindfulness & Meditation course this week so I’m sure that’s why this idea is at the forefront of my mind) – but just because it’s trendy doesn’t mean there isn’t something to it.
I know that I would love for my life to be one long Bananagrams game – with that blanket of tranquility forever wrapped around me – a pipe dream perhaps? Perhaps not. I might just close the other tabs on my screen and go from there.
If you’d like to lose the frenetic edge from your day (or heck, an hour of your day), I challenge you to dabble in single-tasking too.
What are favourite single-tasking activities? What gives you that sense of calm? Please share below! xx