Discover how being mindless can affect your productivity and cause unnecessary stress in 4 steps.

We all know that doing two things at the same isn’t a productive approach to our tasks. Until some time ago, we were proud to mention during job interviews we could multitask, but let’s face it: it’s not considered such a strength anymore.

The thing about multitasking

One of the definitions for multitasking is:

the ability to do several things at the same time.

There are some tasks we perform together without much of a problem, such as:

  • making a note while talking on the phone
  • dancing when listening to music
  • singing in the shower

They’re so simple and so ordinary you might have never thought about the fact that they are independent activities.

Other tasks, however, can be source of real problems when done at the same time, for example:

  • eating and driving
  • playing with kids in the kitchen while cooking
  • texting and crossing the street

Parents may argue that there’s no way they can focus exclusively on one thing when their children are around. I’m not going to disagree with that. Yet, there are certain situations when you should avoid multitasking at all costs.

Dangers aside, studies prove that multitasking:

After so many reasons why not to multitask, what leads so many of us to insist on it?


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The thing about productivity

To be sure you’re producing accordingly, you must:

Have goals

Goals help you determine your direction. You cannot do anything or go anywhere if you don’t know what you want.

Whether your goals are short or long term, they’re the basement that guides you towards what is real important to you.

Define your priorities

There’s only so much you can do in a day, week or month. If you want to do anything at all, you need to establish your priorities.

It’s up to you to decide what comes first:

  • health
  • family
  • career

Even though there should be some common sense when picking up your urgency, at the end of the day, the choice is all yours.

Know yourself

You might have the most altruistic dreams, but unless you look within first, you won’t get much further.

Listening to your body and understanding who you are, your needs, strengths, and areas of improvement are mandatory to setting a productive strategy.

Get things done

While your plan has everything to lead you to success, you’ll get nowhere unless you do what you have to do.

But how to act when there’s no focus?

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The thing about being mindless

  • When was the last time you were not busy?
  • When did you last feel relax and not overwhelmed?

We’re constantly rushing from one appointment to another; from a meeting to the next one; yet, our to-do list(s) only seem to grow.

This never ending story forces us to a desperate modus when we try to accomplish the impossible at any cost. Including at the expense of our health.

While a mindful person is aware of him/herself, a mindless one has no purpose. He or she goes with the flow without reflection.

Being mindless is dangerous whether it concerns small daily tasks or big (life) projects. Not only it doesn’t promote growth, but it also causes stress. It’s the difference between being busy and being productivity; feeling overwhelmed and feeling accomplished.

"If you have a goal, write it down. If you do not have a goal - you have a wish." - Steve Maraboli

Some questions for your reflection:

  • Why do you get up in the morning every day?
  • Why do you do the things you do?
  • What are the results you expect from your actions?

Remember that there’s never a right or wrong answer to these questions. They’re personal and depend on countless factors. Yet, it’s imperative that these answers are:

  • meaningful
  • clear
  • triggering the right actions

How do you know it’s the case? By mindfully evaluating your goals, plans and progress.

Taking action

To be able to move forward, it’s imperative you start to act upon your life.

Stop letting yourself go with the flow and assume personal responsibility for your present. While it’s not a magic pill you take and things become perfect, it takes fate out of the equation and empowers you.

If you haven’t done it yet, you’ll need to work on the 4 productive steps listed above. Even though I’m sure you want to progress as fast as you can, have in mind that it’s not a 5k race, but an ultra marathon.

Your preparation will be the key to your success. Rushing through steps just-because will get you nowhere.

Pace yourself at a comfortable speed and keep on moving. That’s how you’ll be able to Become a Better You: more productive, more mindful, and less stressed.


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Debbie Rodrigues is a Productivity Expert. She helps busy career women create a productive routine that fits their lifestyle. She does this through coaching, online courses and through the blog debbieinshape.com.