Today we ask you to do one thing at a time.
Contrary to the current practice of “multitasking,” humans are only capable of doing one thing at a time well.
You can do several things at once if you wish, but you will do those things poorly. Far from accomplishing more, you will actually accomplish much less. You may in fact accomplish nothing.
So if you’d actually like to get things done, we strongly urge you to do things one at a time. Whatever you are doing — do that.
If you are speaking with someone on the phone, be fully present with the person you are talking to. Listen to that person fully. When speaking, be centered in your consciousness. Know what you are saying.
When working on a project, work on the project. Do not check email or Facebook every two minutes. Be fully present in working on the project.
If you wish to check email or social media, then do that. Give yourself a period of time — ten minutes, for example — and just check your email. Only do that. When responding to email, do that with your full attention.
If you are with a child, be fully present with that child. Give the child your full, undivided attention.
If you are cooking a meal, do that with your full attention.
If you are taking a shower, do it with your full attention. Be alive to the experience of cleaning your physical body.
Remember — you can only do one thing at a time well.
You can do many things at once poorly.
It is your choice.