Single-Task Your Way to Slow-Living

Slow-living is all about doing the things in our life with intention and creating the time to do the things we love. Slow living can often mean to enjoy everyday tasks rather than let them pass without recognition. These simple approaches make slow-living so much more attainable and applicable to everyone. 

Now, how many of us pride ourselves in the achievement of multi-tasking? Multi-tasking is even a trait that we list on our curriculum vitae. So I am here to tell you that this fall, we all need to give single-tasking a try, and see how much more we can accomplish in our day. 

Single Tasking: is the practice of dedicating oneself to a given task and minimizing potential interruptions until the task is completed or a significant period of time has elapsed. - TechTarget

So, if we have all been praised for our multi-tasking skills for so long, what have we been doing wrong? Why change now? The research is saying that multitasking often creates an alluring sense of productivity, but what can seem like productive energy can also just be masking nervousness and anxiety. Psychology Today says that not only do we need to look out for these alarming consequences, but that multitasking can make us less productive and less efficient. 

So what is the answer? We all are out wanting to be our-better-selves, and living the good life. So, how does single-tasking differ? Well, it certainly goes hand-in-hand with our slow-living philosophy. Single-tasking allows us to focus on the task at hand, and improve not only our productivity but also our health! Becoming Minimalist sets out some great ways to challenge yourself to begin single-tasking every day. Because, just like slow-living, single-tasking is learned and perfected only by doing it every day and integrating it into your everyday lives!

So, now that we have all been converted to single-tasking, here are some simple ways to single-task your way through this autumn!

  1. Try eating breakfast without reading a book or newspaper; don’t go online or check your phone
  2. Watch a movie from start to finish without doing other things. Enjoy being snuggled up with your cosy slippers and popcorn! If not a movie, try reading a whole chapter, or two, of a book without stopping!
  3. I love to-do lists. So, if you are a list lover, make one. But this time stick to one item at a time! On that note: get the worst done first, and reward yourself with a break afterwards! (or a nice pumpkin-spiced latte!)
  4. Set a timer for 20 minutes and divide your tasks into 20-minute intervals. Some tasks might take longer, but this method, called the Pomodoro method works really well to help you focus
  5. Have only one browser window open at a time when you are on the internet. I always find I have 20 windows open!

I hope that you guys enjoy trying out single-tasking! Let us know how it goes for you and if you have any tips-tricks about getting into the zone to single-task!

Written by Lucy Bidgood-Lund

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