Multi-task or be in the moment?

By Andrew Stark. Published 2020-02-19
BOLD-Living
Multitasking versus focusing on the moment - which is better?

As a committed Boldie, my morning routine is/should be getting up, doing some sort of exercise and then either into the office or back to my working desk at home (stay tuned for my thoughts on working from home).

One of my traits is always looking for better ways to do things - be that work related or in my personal life. This morning had me questioning my approach and whether my search for efficiency is working or not.

25 minute walk to the gym on a nice crisp morning - you really can't beat this view of London.

Now here's where I try and be efficient. I don't just walk - I walk and watch a tutorial or documentary on my phone; I put the speed to 1.5 or 1.75 so that I can watch more in my walking time. Here's my first insight though - that's a great technique however I find myself wanting people to speak more quickly in real life! Not good to build relationships with people.

I'm also not taking in the environment around me and appreciating the little things - like the joy of walking through the canals at Poplar.

I'm at the gym now and ready for action. But, I'm restricted to doing cardio on the treadmill, cross trainer or stepping machine. This is a self imposed restriction - so that I can keep watching the relevant tutorial or documentary, still at a speed of 1.5

I look at my fitness - I'm unfit despite going to the gym. I have a constant apprehension about not being knowledgeable enough. Yet this morning, and here's my second insight, I realise that my error comes in not focusing.

Be in the moment, focus on the activity at hand and you'll be more effective. Common sense really, but sometimes common sense is not common.

In a world where we are always on the move - yes I'm actually writing this on my phone on the way into the office - sometimes we just need to take a step back and really pay attention to what we are doing at that moment.

Please do comment below on the website or on Facebook as I'm interested to know how, as Boldies, you deal with these challenges.