Author Archives: Steve Spring
Author Archives: Steve Spring
You might find it tough to keep an open mind. After all, there’s a certain comfort in being set in your ways.
However, opening your mind to the possibilities of new opportunities, knowledge, adventure, and even relationships could bring greater fulfillment and happiness to your life. Continue reading
When someone cuts you off on the freeway, do you give in to your rage? Do you burst out in anger when your child misbehaves?
Anger is a very natural emotion. However, learning to deal with your anger in a positive manner is important, both for your well-being and that of others who are near and dear to you. When you cannot control your temper, you and everyone around you suffer the consequences. Continue reading
Do you think that you can accomplish multiple things at the same time? Do you consider yourself a multitasker?
I bet that most of us do. We think that we can listen to a podcast while we are reading our email. Talk on the phone while we are texting someone else. Or even, check our email while we are having a conversation with our spouse.
I used to think that I could successfully complete multiple tasks at the same time too. What I found is that it is not possible to do more than one thing at a time.
In fact, Stanford University researchers have found that multitasking doesn’t work. They found that:
“People who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information do not pay attention, control their memory or switch from one job to another as well as those who prefer to complete one task at a time.”[box] Focusing on one thing at a time is one of the keys to creating the life of your dreams. Click here to get my free checklist to help you implement all 10 of my keys to creating the life of your dreams. [/box]
Multitasking And Relationships
How do you think that your spouse feels when she is trying too have a conversation with you, and you are texting, checking email, watching TV, or surfing the web? I am willing to guess that they feel annoyed, frustrated, and unimportant to you.
I bet that your relationships will improve if you learn to focus your attention on one thing at at time. Complete one task before moving on to the next one, and focus your attention on your spouse when you are with your spouse.
The 5 Senses Rule
I recently found something that can help called the “5 Senses Rule” by John Richmond. The “5 Senses Rule” is very simple, and states that when you are interacting with someone you give them all 5 senses. You do not look at, listen to, touch, smell, or even taste anything else if it will take away from your focus on the other person.
Try this the next time that you are communicating with your spouse, give them all 5 of your senses. Make eye contact, listen to what they are saying, and focus all of your senses on them.
Implementing the “5 Senses Rule” will not be easy if you are like me. It will be hard work, and it will take some practice. If you try it, I am sure that the “5 Sense Rule” will help you improve all of your relationships.
Try this for a week and let me know how it works for you in the comments below.[box] Are you new to Live Your Life On Purpose? Welcome, and thanks for visiting! If you liked this post, consider signing-up to receive our future posts directly in your inbox. We look forward to keeping in touch! If you have questions about this post, want to learn more about it, or you want to know how you can implement this in your own life, you are welcome to contact me here.[/box]
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Take a moment and think about everything that you are doing right now. In addition to reading this article, the chances are good that you are also doing several other things. You might also be watching TV, checking your email, or talking on your phone. If you are like most people, you think that you can save time by doing multiple things at once.
You are probably thinking, “I am pretty good at multitasking, and that it actually helps me to get more done.” If so, you may be what researchers refer to as a “heavy multitasker.”
I hate to be the one to break it to you, but you are wrong.
You’ve been led to believe that the key to getting things done is to become a master of multitasking. When in fact, just the opposite is true.
Before I explain the myths of multitasking, do yourself a favor and turn off all of your digital devices so that you can learn about the illusion of multitasking and what you can do about it.
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In the past, most people believed that multitasking was a good way to increase productivity. After all, if you’re working on several different tasks at once, you’re bound to accomplish more, right?
While most of us think that multitasking is performing two or more tasks simultaneously. Multitasking is really task-switching, or moving back and forth between two or more tasks. This actually reduces productivity, because most of your attention is expended on the act of switching tasks, and you never really focus on either task.
“Most of the time multitasking is an illusion. You think you are multitasking but in reality you’re actually wasting time switching from one task to another.” – Bosco Tjan
Unfortunately, multitasking does not save you time. In fact, research shows that it will take you longer to complete two tasks when multitasking than it would to complete each one separately. Experts estimate that multitasking can actually lead to a 40 percent reduction in your productivity.
Not only has research shown that multitasking reduces your productivity, it has also be shown to be harmful to your health. Here are the results of just a few of the many research studies related to multitasking:
Studies have also found that multitasking has a negative physical effect by prompting the release of stress hormones and adrenaline.
Multitasking are that it is linked to short term memory loss, and can change your ability to concentrate and increase gaps in your attentiveness.
Researchers found that people who multitask while eating don’t mentally process what they have eaten causing the to eat larger meals more often leading to weight gain.
Now that you understand the negative impacts of multitasking, what can you do about it?
The primary skill that you need to develop to overcome multitasking is FOCUS. Focus on one task at a time. This means means doing something, and thinking about what you’re doing at the same time. This means focusing on one task until it is completed or you are at a stopping point.
1. Have A System – Keep all of your projects, next actions, and appointments in one place so that you can keep track of everything in your personal and professional life and keep things from falling through the cracks.
2. Plan Your Day – Plan your day the night before and be specific about what you want to accomplish. Focus on your top three next actions, and knock them out early in the day before you get distracted by the other “stuff.”
3. Schedule Your Email – Email is the number one distraction for most people. Turn off your email notifications, and schedule specific times during the day too check and respond to your email.
4. Control Social Media – When you are tempted to check your Twitter, Facebook, Google+ ask yourself, “Is this the best use of my time right now?” If it is, great! If not, resist the temptation and move on to your next important task.
The next time you find yourself multitasking when you are trying to be productive, take a quick assessment of what you are trying to accomplish. Eliminate the distractions and focus on the most important task at that time. This will make you happier, healthier and more productive.
Question: How can you minimize multitasking and to increase your productivity? Comment below.[box] Are you new to Live Your Life On Purpose? Welcome, and thanks for visiting! If you liked this post, consider signing-up to receive our future posts directly in your inbox. We look forward to keeping in touch! If you have questions about this post, want to learn more about it, or you want to know how you can implement this in your own life, you are welcome to contact me here.[/box]
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