Chronic rushing through a never-ending to-do list feeds anxiety and heightens stress levels. Our bodies become addicted to rushing and our minds switch into autopilot with everything of high importance and needing to get accomplished quickly.
Although I am a high energy, see the possibilities in the impossible let’s do this type of person I found myself rushing throughout the day to ‘get it all done.’ In reality I was multitasking myself into ineffectiveness by choosing to add so much to my plate that I literally ran from one thing to the next. I was on a cycle of being reactive instead of proactive because I had lost my vision and clarity for each task. With a reactive mindset, goals blur, balls get dropped and my capacity to be intellectually and emotionally available began to diminish.
Research from a journal publication of the International Academy of Business Disciplines in 2015 titled “To Multitask or Not, That is the Question” notes that multitasking can reduce effectiveness of even the most refined brains. Multitasking is doing several things at the same time, but is it? For example, the study notes that it is virtually impossible to multitask when it comes to paying attention. Furthermore, the study indicates how people who are interrupted take 50 percent longer to accomplish a task and tend to make up to 50 percent more errors.
Over the past two years I’ve experienced many changes as I’ve transitioned from one chapter to the next. The one constant through all of that change has been the acceptance of all that I am and the acknowledgement of knowing how much I can handle in a day without getting caught up in a constant cycle of rushing. When I needed to do work two or 3 times over because I didn’t do it right the first time, I began to see the value of patience and the cost of rushing.
I believe that we always have enough time, money and energy for what is most important to us. These are the choices we make. I also believe I can make changes now and not wait until the future to be happy, because happiness is not a destination or who can get it all done the quickest in one day. Happy starts right now by appreciating this moment, slowing down and smelling the roses that grace my desk.
Taking your time will give you a much-needed break from the constant hustle of the daily grind. Breathe deeply, quiet your inner-chatter, and take a moment to simply be.