From Multi-Tasking to Uni-Tasking

In the 21st century, we consider the following to be the norm; eating lunch in front of the TV with the lap top open. We browse social media sites, while simultaneously sending emails and text messages.
Why do we multi-task? It makes us feel good! On the exterior, multi-tasking appears to be more productive. We live in a society where multi-tasking is often times considered the recipe for success.
Our brains are not wired to multi-task. In fact, multi-tasking splits the brain. According to researchers, multi-tasking creates “spotlights” where your brain switches brashly between activities such as eating, sending text messages and watching TV. Those who consistently multi-task are worse at filtering nonessential information, and perform worse than those who uni-task when transitioning between tasks.
How do we transition into Uni-Tasking?
My mission is not to oversimplify the task of letting go of old patterns. Our brains are “habit centers” and we can become programmed to live in “autopilot.” We can begin the process of uni-tasking by being present in the moment. When was the last time you were present in activities such as breathing, walking and eating? I challenge you to begin this journey of uni-tasking by taking one minute out of your day to focus on one of the following activities of breathing, walking or eating. Allow your mind and body to be fully engaged while participating in this activity.
Upon completion of these exercises, please share your observations and experiences.
*The aforementioned techniques are derived from evidenced based research on Mindfulness Techniques that change the brain.


3 thoughts on “From Multi-Tasking to Uni-Tasking

  1. This was a great reminder to breath, relax and attempt to tackle one task at a time. I am totally guilty of extreme multi-tasking. However when I have a important task or something with a deadline I uni-task. I shut everything off (including my phone) and I work in silence. This helps me stay focus and not feel over whelmed. I also learned in a nutrition class that multi-tasking while eating is horrible for your appetite as it takes longer for you to become full.

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