Studies have indicated that a high degree of constant multitasking can impair overall performance, especially when accurate or complex judgements are needed. If you’re increasing the number of things your brain has to pay attention to, you reduce your ability to make quality decisions. From a relationship perspective, if you’re toggling between demands – whether that be your phone, a conversation or doing housework – then you’re not fully present, which can lead to shallower, less authentic connection with the people you care about.
For me, I’m combating the pull of “more more more”, in an effort to cultivate greater focus and stronger relationships. I’m doing this by being present in every moment. As someone who collaborates a lot with others, and wears many different professional hats, I’m now trying to give each person and each task my full attention. In this way I’m respecting the people that I am with, experiencing each moment more fully and not sabotaging my chances of achieving quality outcomes.
I’m also doing the same thing at home. I’ve stopped doing the washing while trying to engage with my husband, and I turn off my phone when I walk in the front door so I can spend real, quality time with my children. Doing one thing at a time has made a massive difference to my life. I’m calmer, more focused and there is more authenticity in everything that I do now.