I’ve been dealing with abnormal amounts of anxiety lately. I don’t know if I’ve talked about my anxiety a whole lot on the blog before, but over the past few years I’ve been dealing with crazy amounts of anxiety.
I think a lot of it stems from my blogging and the fact that I want to do five hundred million things and there’s never enough time. I spend the whole day thinking about all the things I want to do with this blog, and then I get home and I’m exhausted. So instead of being productive, I do nothing but snuggle on the couch and watch mindless tv and then I feel anxious because I feel like I should be doing stuff.
It’s a vicious cycle.
But my days consist of:
- managing a full-time job
- a one-hour commute to and from work
- working on the blog
- promoting my new book
- working on making sure I have a happy marriage
- cooking so I don’t starve
- finding time to workout
- taking a shower and other personal hygiene stuff
- catching up on podcast episodes
- having friends
- spending time with family
AND I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE I’M MULTITASKING.
And I feel that way because I am. I’m always freaking multi-tasking and I’m freaking tired of it.
So lately, I’ve been making a concerted effort to MONOTASK.
Yes, monotasking has become a thing, my friends.
Because most of us don’t even know how to be present and in the moment anymore.
I’m at dinner and I’m snapping my meal.
I’m driving to work and I’m listening to a podcast while answering e-mails (which I know is NOT what I should be doing while I’m driving.)
I’m watching a movie and writing a blog post which results in me asking Joe a million questions about the movie and a shitty half-assed blog post.
AND THAT’S NOT OKAY.
I want to remember what it’s like to do just one thing.
I want to spend more time feeling centered and in the moment.
I want to watch a movie and actually understand the plot.
I want to sit on the couch with a glass of wine and enjoy it.
We’re busy, and that’s fine. I get that we have a lot to do.
But whenever you can, take a few minutes and enjoy monotasking.
Read a book.
Clean your dishes.
Just do one thing for 5 minutes.
Take a bubble bath.
Dance to your favorite song.
And feel it.
Soak it all in.
RELISH IN IT.
And then, if you must, go back to your fast-paced super-hectic life that requires you to do fifty things at once.
But every day, for just a few minutes, give monotasking a shot, okay?
Because I promise you, you’ll feel calmer and more at peace and you’ll actually find joy in those simple moments.
So here’s to monotasking!
And to having less anxiety in this non-stop world we live in!
Think I’m crazy? Listen to this guy then. His mustache is a little creeper-looking, but he makes total sense!
What are YOUR thoughts on monotasking? Any advice on staying sane these days with so much going on? I’d love to know!
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