On average mothers spend of 7.4 hours of their day Multi-Tasking and working on two tasks simultaneously or even more if you are a task-clipper.
What is Multi-Tasking?
Multi masking is like indulging in mystery box challenge on Master chef. Its like running up stairs that is like a great cardio that never ends then eating delicious round of macarons prepared by Adriano Zumbo.
Mothers spend most of the time running around worrying in fear they will not get it all done and feel so pressured (but, by who?)
Mothers place stress and pressure on their bodies and its no surprise to say I’m also one of those mums who feel so “rushed” and “busy”.
Research has proven that high-quality work is a result of two things—the amount of time you spend on the work and the intensity of your focus during this time. If you can increase your focus, you’ll get more done in less time. You will feel less stressed and confused, and you’ll do a better job.
I can multi-task by cooking dinner, playing with my kids, helping with homework and replying to text messages and watching the news all at one time. I think I could win an award multi-task world’s best mum.
If you are like me I’m sure you are reading this blog, answering emails and posting a picture on Instagram.
However multi-tasking can have its negative effects on our bodies and minds and our relationships.
We can get so much done very quickly, but at what cost?
Ever hear the words by your little one, “Mum, come play with me.”
In Kid-Child language the child means, mum I need you to pay attention to me. The reality is we need to just focus sometimes on our kids and switch off everything else by not being present you can’t do everything very well.
What am I teaching my children?
What message am I sending my girls when I can’t put down my phone to have a conversation? When I can’t sit still and just be? Recently, founder of Business Jump went on vacation and hit a home run with organising her business on auto pilot after months of testing and strategizing with her very own VA.
When I am constantly not in a rush?
I know that there are times when multi-tasking is essential, but multi-tasking should be the exception, not the rule. So next time you want to harmonise your world and spend less time multi-tasking and more time on having fun and live carefree… try these 3 tips to try and why not get involved on #selfcaresunday and give yourself a break!
How to Quit the Habit of Being a Multi-Tasking Mother:
- [ti_icon icon=”ti-pencil-alt” size=”default” style=”icon-left” corners=”default” text_color=”black” background_color=”pink” icon_color=”black”]Decide when & what to multi-task. I need complete focus when I write. I turn off my phone, close my email and shut my door. When I get home, I switch off my phone and spend quality time with the girls before bath time. While making supper, I multi-task. I’ve become aware of when I can multi-task and when focus matters.
- [ti_icon icon=”ti-pencil-alt” size=”default” style=”icon-left” corners=”default” text_color=”black” background_color=”pink” icon_color=”black”]Do your best to reduce distractions. Close your office door when you need to finish an important project. If you are in an open-plan environment, put on head phones to reduce background noise. Reduce the interference from your phone by turning off notifications on Apps and Social Media, and remove email from your phone. When you get home from work give your kids or partner, your undivided attention by turning off your phone for an hour or two.
- [ti_icon icon=”ti-pencil-alt” size=”default” style=”icon-left” corners=”default” text_color=”black” background_color=”pink” icon_color=”black”]Plan & Prepare. Spend 5 – 10 minutes at the end of your work day to plan for the next day. Write down everything you need to do, prioritize the tasks, and schedule them in your calendar. By writing it down you are clearing the mental clutter that could distract you when you get home. Preparation helps you avoid the trap of mental multi-tasking.
At the end of the day my go follow-along philosophy is this.
Some days we’ll work too much. Some days we’ll play too much.
As long as our work too much days pave the way for more play-too-much days, I think we’re headed in the right direction.
I really hope this helps you stay focused on the bigger picture if not there is always meditation. Believe me there are many like-minded mums that have your back.
Lets face it we are all under pressure.