“Does't thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” - Benjamin Franklin
Life can feel like it is zooming by at a hundred miles an hour. We have full task lists at work. Our houses need repairs. Children need to be chauffeured from one activity to another. We move quickly from one activity to the next without taking time to think about what we are doing. Before we know it, our stress levels are sky high and that can result in a number of health problems.
Society tells us that we should learn to multitask to be effective in our lives. The idea is that by juggling our work we can accomplish more and use time wisely. However, a recent study done at The Ohio State University showed that multitasking can make us feel good about ourselves, but can hurt our performance. When our performance is impaired, it consumes precious time that could have been better used focusing on a single task. This leads to frustration and reduced productivity.
Rather than letting ourselves get distracted by stress and anxiety, we need to think about focusing on the present moment through the practice of mindfulness. According to Psychology Today, “Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.” Focusing our minds can help us to think about what matters the most to us and where we should concentrate our energies. Taking a few moments each day to calm our minds and to reflect on our goals can help us to focus on the work that needs to be accomplished.
We only have a limited amount of time each day to get everything in our busy schedules done. Managing that finite time in a smart way is critical to our success in life.