THE INCREDIBLE POWER OF FOCUS
Have you been conditioned to believe multi-tasking can make you more productive? For years I believed that multitasking through my day would exponentially leverage my time. What it actually did was leave me more emotionally drained, less creative, and tired. Still I pushed on, spurned to greater effort by efficiency gurus and prevailing wisdom. We know now that multi-tasking is actually COUNTER PRODUCTIVE.
According to a study done by Dr. Amit Sood, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, when you multi-task your brain is jumping back and forth between all those tasks. Each jump "depletes energy", which explains why a full day of multi-tasking wears you out. You actually accomplish less rather than more. You can read about this in The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.
There is another negative side effect to multi-tasking. When you practice this habit regularly you begin to multi-task your life's mission. For me this manifests in the form of distractions. I have lots of interests, business (I must have 100's of business ideas!), music, church, entertainment choices, etc... At times I've fooled myself into believing I could engage in all my interests simultaneously, i.e... multi-task, while maintaining a clear direction and purpose in my life mission. It doesn't work, at least not for me.
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To truly live your life mission, to follow the path of your passion driven purpose, you must trade multi-tasking for FOCUS. This is not easy with some much in our culture vying for our attention. It is especially hard if you have become a devoted practitioner of multi-tasking. Here is a simple formula to keep you focused on what is important:
F - Find what is first, your immediate priority.
O - Offload what is distracting you from the first priority.
C - Confess(admit) you are out of focus.
U - Undertake a quick plan to get back on priority
S - Start moving on your quick plan
The next time your day, or your life, is getting pulled apart by trying to multi-task your way to success, try this quick formula. See if you can't leverage the incredible power of FOCUS to drive you farther and faster in your journey.
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