Mindfulness vs Multitasking: The Battle for Our Attention
In our fast-paced, constantly-connected world, it can be difficult to focus on one task at a time. We are constantly bombarded with new information, and it seems like we are expected to respond to it all immediately. It's no wonder that so many of us feel overwhelmed and stressed out! I
Let's explore the concept of mindfulness vs multitasking. Let's look at the benefits and drawbacks of each approach, and see which one is best for achieving success in today's world.
Multitasking has become the norm in our society. We are constantly checking our phones, responding to emails, and scrolling through social media while we are supposed to be working on something else. This constant distraction can take a toll on our productivity and our mental health. A study by the University of London found that people who regularly multitask have lower IQs than those who focus on one task at a time. Another study found that multitasking can shrink the grey matter in the brain, and that it lowers productivity by 40%.
So if multitasking is so bad for us, why do we keep doing it? The answer lies in our biology. When we see something that grabs our attention, our brains release a burst of dopamine. This chemical is associated with pleasure and reward, and it makes us feel good. That's why we keep checking our phones even when we know we shouldn't. We are addicted to the dopamine hit that comes from multitasking.
Mindfulness, on the other hand, is all about focus and attention. When you are being mindful, you are present in the moment and aware of your surroundings. You are not letting your mind wander off into thoughts about the past or the future. Mindfulness has been shown to increase gray matter in the brain, and improve regions involved with learning and memory processes and emotional control. mindfulness also reduces stress levels and can help to alleviate anxiety and depression.
While mindfulness has many benefits, it can be difficult to maintain a state of mindfulness all the time. In our fast-paced society, it is often easier to multitask and let our minds wander. However, this does not mean that we should give up on mindfulness altogether.
Mindfulness is a valuable skill that can help us to focus and be more productive when we need to be. It is also important to take breaks from work and allow ourselves to relax and recharge. Ideally, we should find a balance between mindfulness and multitasking.
Being present is a practice and a process we need to continuously work at.
Our Present Over Perfect bracelet reminds us to live in the 'now' and the importance of being mindful.