At the beginning of the year, I made a form of resolution where I'd spend less time on facebook, and more time in real books. And I did good for a while... but that hook of mindless scrolling, to switch the mind off, it's a powerful pull. So it was a beautiful gentle reminder when I read recently some wise words from Lauren Curtain:
Not already thinking of my response while someone is still talking.⠀
No absent minded scrolling.⠀
Where ever I am - being all there.⠀
Whatever I'm doing - doing it completely"
Similarly, one of the things I notice in my life - my business, my study, my home - is that I have all these grand plans, but take a bit of a scatter gun approach to them! I kind of go with the flow, and do what I feel like doing when I feel like doing it to a large extent. And I suppose it's a bit of a throw-back to my corporate days - my role as a publicist could also be tagged as someone in charge of "putting out fires"! I had to deal with the thing in front of me that was yelling and screaming the loudest. I was across everything all at the same time.
But for someone like me, who is always wanting to do it ALL, I've found that, well, doing it ALL (and all right now) can be quite exhausting. Do you feel this too?
(And as for my time in corporate, where multi-tasking is literally listed on all the job application requirements, well, you all know I burnt out from doing it all - and I'm not alone there!)
So this year so far, I've been employing a single-tasking kind of flow. I've added some more gentle discipline and direction to my days. And it's tricky, but I'm committing - one thing at a time. A morning of writing. An afternoon of bookkeeping etc. A bit 'pomodore'-y if you will. And it's good. Really good (and effective).
My amazing biz coach pointed it out to me - that maybe I was getting so overwhelmed and exhausted because I had all these things in my head, all the tasks I had to do, but whenever something hard came up I'd move on over to something different if I could. And you know what? She was right. It requires a lot of mental energy to keep track of All. The. Things.
So I'm going to encourage you to try this on as well - single tasking. Because in yoga terms, it's a form of mindfulness and presence. Just think of multi-tasking (ie do it all! do it all! do it all!) - and then think of the opposite (do this one thing. You know that yoga saying... when you're washing the dishes, just wash the dishes!). Just do one thing, with all attention in.
And can I shout it from the rooftops - it is going to calm your anxiety and reduce your stress! Focus, some clarity, some single-pointed attention. FLOW. (This technique is so powerful in fact, that I explore it in more depth with you in my upcoming Online Yoga Course for Anxiety & Stress - you can sign up now for it here).
This yoga stuff, it's not just all on the mat you know? My heart and mental health are loving this technique, and I can't wait to hear what you think of it too.
With love (and big exhales!) xo