A Dog’s Life

A dog's life

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I’m sure you’ve heard the famous saying “It’s a Dog’s Life” – typically referring to living a hard life.

I’ve heard this term… and then I started paying attention to my dog (Izzy – featured above). As you can tell, Izzy doesn’t have a very rough life.

But I can tell you this, Izzy – being a Boxer – is actually part of the working family.  So, when she is in working mode, nothing can get her off her task! She works hard, plays hard AND enjoys her breaks.

Why am I telling you all this?

Because I have experienced that for women, sometimes it can be hard to allow ourselves to slow down. Take a break. Enjoy the moment. We’re always thinking a few steps ahead. Planning the next family outing in our heads, etc.

One of the scariest words you can say to me is: Multitasking

And it’s sad that in the Corporate world, Multitasking is actually seen as a sought after quality, when in reality it prevents us from being in our highest functioning level. When we try to multitask, we’re not being fully present and conscious of what we’re doing on one task nor the other. I call it Half-Tasking. I think it’s a much more accurate definition.

Think about it for a second.  You’re sitting in your office, listening to a Teleseminar while simultaneously reading emails.  A couple of days later your coworker (or worse, your boss) asks you about that email she sent you and you have a blank face. You recall reading the darn thing but can’t remember the details. How many times has that happened to you?

You were Half-Tasking!

Or, you’re at your cousin’s birthday party. On a Saturday. You pull out your smartphone and see an email from your boss. You start typing a response as your tia Maria is going over her famous flan recipe with you. You hit send and then panic because you just signed off “Gracias tia!” to your emotionally constipated boss. He won’t be amused.

You, my friend, were Half-Tasking!

But don’t worry gorgeous, it’s not your fault!

We have been conditioned for decades, and in some instances even praised, for attempting to multitask. So, why wouldn’t you aim to become the best multitasker in the world? Right?

Because in the end you feel exhausted, out of focus, guilty, frustrated and almost like you’re threading water ALL. DAY. LONG. Yikes!

The good news is that there is a solution

Here are my 4 Tips to get you off the Half-Tasking Wagon:

Tip #1: Make it a point to be fully present on whatever you’re doing, just for one day. See how that goes? How much more do you get done? And pay close attention to your feelings at the end of the day. You will feel so much more connected to everything you do.

Tip #2: Meditate. You’re mind is a beautiful thing. It has access to knowledge you aren’t even aware exists! Meditation brings your subconscious to life. It also lowers your levels of stress, strengthens your immune system, supports weight loss, lowers depression and increases happiness, increases concentration. And the list goes on. So, schedule it in your daily routine.

Which brings me to the next one

Tip #3 Break your daily routine! Human beings are curious and inquiring beings. We get bored of routines day in and day out, which in some cases is what drives us to try and multitask. You just want to get things done, check it off your list and move on to the next. And that’s when you fall into the Half-Tasking trap. So, once in a while, do things differently for the day.  Take the bus instead of the subway. Read your emails AFTER you’ve had your breakfast. Go for a run outside instead of at the gym. You get the point. Switch things up.

Tip #4 Always make sure you make some time for some R&R (Rest & Relax) – and absolutely NO multitasking during this time! We all need to reboot and refuel our tank. Whether that is going for a nature walk, or scheduling a massage or snuggling with your favorite book. It’s a necessity, not a commodity. You will be able to be more focused on your work after you have taken a break.

So, there you have it my friend! Stop Half-Tasking and you will start living your life more fully.

And if you ever feel tempted again, just think of what Izzy would say! Work HARD, Play HARD, Rest HARDER! You deserve it!

As always, I love reading your comments. So tell me, what is your biggest challenge when it comes to getting everything done?



Abrazos,

Jennifer

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Jennifer Kent is an award-winning entrepreneur who helps you define your dream career and ditch your boring job.

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Jennifer Kent

Jennifer Kent is an award-winning entrepreneur who helps you define your dream career and ditch your boring job.