Society has been caught in the mental trap that nothing can be accomplished if you aren’t working on several tasks simultaneously. Even if people try to do so, they have a hard time concentrating because they are used to the hecticness of multitasking. This is actually a bigger issue that most people would think.
People can’t truly focus when multitasking. Our concentration is flicking back and forth between tasks, and that comes slightly stressful over time. When a person is juggling numerous things at once, how can they possibly relax while working on a task? This frequently leads to feelings of being overworked and the feeling like nothing was actually accomplished.
This is where minimalism can tie in. Part of minimalism is removing everything toxic (people, clutter habits, ect) from our lives to make room for everything fulfilling and, well — meaningful. To work towards living a satisfying life. Multitasking and minimalism don’t go together for the following reasons.
- A person can’t be mindful when multitasking
- Multitasking creates more problems, such as stress and anxiety
- Overall levels of focus on productivity decline
- There are less positive feelings involved
Do you see the tie in? The level of happiness goes down when multitasking.
Minimalism encourages mindfully working on one task at a time. Unfortunately, multitasking can ruin concentration skills in the long run because it’s technically a distraction (you’re brain is switching back on forth). With a minimalistic approach, you would do your best to work on one task at a time until it’s completed — doing it mindfully.
If you struggle with focusing on a single task, try removing clutter and other distractions from your work area. Maybe play some lo-fi music, or work someplace absolutely quiet. Whatever instills a sense of peace and less urgency would probably put you on the right path towards quitting multitasking.
The two ultimate results of quitting multitasking are less stress and the learned ability to concentrate.
From my personal experience it was hard to do so. I wanted to change because the more I multitasked, the less I enjoyed things I used to love doing, such as drawing and reading. I didn’t have the capacity to focus on a beloved happy, which I found quite sad. So, to get myself to quit I would resist the urge as long as I could — or altogether –to also be doing something else. Overtime I can easily do the same task for 4-6 hours. It makes me productive, calm, and a valued member of society.
Are you up to the challenge?