Stop multitasking. Multitasking may be something we take great pride in, but it’s actually draining for our life, health and joy, and it may actually make us less efficient instead of more. According to the American Psychological Association, a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance shows that for complicated or unfamiliar tasks, it takes extra time to shift mental gears every time a person switches between the two tasks.This switch can take several tenths of a second, which is a significant amount of time for some tasks and can add up when you’re trying to get something done.
Transpersonal therapist and author Dr. Shannon South, LPC, ThD believes that by multitasking, “we’re only 50 percent present to our lives.” We’re not truly paying attention to any one thing that we’re doing, so there’s not an opportunity to find or appreciate joy in anything. If we’re constantly multitasking, our lives come down to how many things we can check off at once as opposed to fully being present.
To find out more about Dr. Shannon’s tips for regaining your joy and how to keep from losing it in the first place, feel free to read 6 Ways to Regain Your Joy.