Have you ever noticed how proud we seem to be of our ability to multi-task? A conversation with friends can quickly lead to a good game of one-upmanship related to how much we have to accomplish in one day, how many others we care for and how tired we get from even thinking about it all, much less having to do it. Multi-tasking is not just for computers anymore either. It’s become the acceptable norm. So much so, that we begin to feel like slackers when we do only one task at a time or better yet, take time for ourselves.
Technology hasn’t helped to lighten the load either, in fact it has created a generation of people whose brains are literally hard-wired differently than their parents in the way they think and process information. The constant influx of information and the inability to unplug or detach from it hasn’t all been good either. Stress, overwhelm and exhaustion are up while productivity and accuracy in tasks are actually down.
If you’re feeling some angst about focusing on one task at a time or taking some time off, here’s a great article by the Harvard Business Review on just that – The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time. It’s a good read full of great tips and your “get out of guilt jail free card”. Think you’re still in charge of your multi-tasking pinball brain? Here’s a challenge: read the entire article – without checking your email, Facebook updates and resisting the urge to get a snack or Google something.
I dare you.
April is National Stress Awareness Month. Since stress is such a huge factor in so many skin conditions, any reduction of it is beneficial for beautiful, healthy skin.