On the Importance of Meditation & Reflection
I’ve never really enjoyed rushing- moving from one activity to another non-stop. It gets tiring; attention to detail goes down; I begin producing lower quality results.
Out of the past 30 days or so, I’ve now finally managed to force a bit of quiet time on myself. Even if I have a lot of work to do, which seems to be always these days, I’ll pause. 5-minutes of quiet is all it takes, but it allows me to observe the tasks that need doing and then begin to allot time to complete each one.
One. at. a. time.
You see, another side effect of failing to pause is the belief that you can multitask.
You can’t. We have one body, which can perform only one task at a time. Often when people say they can multitask, what they mean is they can spend a little bit of time on multiple things continuously.
Of course, you can do this. The work is often lower quality, but there are unicorns (what I call a person who does something uncommon, or thought of as impossible)
For the rest of us, though, trying to juggle too many things quickly becomes overwhelming. This tendency can come from having many, difficult tasks suddenly thrust upon us. Maybe you take on more responsibility at work. Or maybe your business begins growing, and you need to adapt to the increase in demand. It’s almost always brought on by a sudden increase in something more than that to which we’re accustomed.
For myself, stepping back and understanding that despite my perceived lack of time for reflection and meditation; without those two things, I won’t adequately tackle the work that needs to be completed.
When faced with more work than I’m used to, I need to remind myself that without pause I won’t likely be getting my job done to the best of my ability. I will be faced with more stress, while not sufficiently chipping away at the to-do list. If nothing else, meditating and reflecting will help to maintain an internal equilibrium so I can function like a normal person.