“Hey! Hey! Hey!! Look at me! I am driving my car down the highway, texting my family while in a conference call on a headset with my boss while listening to that new bio-documentary on the radio at the same time! I’m so productive.”
Ever had a moment like this?
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in getting a lot of things done that we stretch ourselves too thin. The trend seems to be the ability to get more than one thing accomplished at once and to juggle this all inside ourselves. It’s no wonder when we finally get home and in bed to sleep we don’t know what to do with ourselves!
This week’s challenge is uni-tasking: getting one thing done at one time. Specifically my hope is that this is done when it comes to our human relationships. There may be a person, a loved one, family member, or even a stranger who stops you in the next week and starts talking with you and what I would like you to try is to stop everything that you are doing, turn and face that person, and listen to them without outside distractions. Again do this within reason that is safe and appropriate (ie not while driving a vehicle!). Let them know that they are important fully sharing that moment with them.
Maybe something comes out of it; maybe nothing. Try it and see: uni-task a human interaction once in the next week.