When is the last time you just did one thing? When you had a task before you and you gave it 100% of your focus, without allowing yourself to be distracted by other things. I can honestly say that it’s been a while for me. In fact, it’s been far too long.
Over the past few months, I have become increasingly dedicated to my morning sitting meditation practice. I’m working to make it compulsive. I’m working to make it come easier. I’m working in hopes that the work that I am doing in this 5-10 minutes each morning will translate into the rest of my day.
We are overstimulated. There is always something to steal our attention. Whether it’s a notification popping up on one (or more) of our screens, the blaring siren of a passing firetruck, or simply the seemingly never ending list of things that we want to accomplish in any given day compiling itself in our heads. There is always something.
I am in a place where I now recognize this as an issue. I am bothered by the fact that I can’t sit down and watch an episode of a television show without picking up my phone 20 times. I am annoyed with myself when I can’t help but stop what I’m doing to I click on a notification on my phone just because I saw it pop up even when I know it’s nothing of importance. It frustrates me that I can’t seem to wash dishes or get ready or even shower without a podcast or music playing in the background. It’s become so painful for me to just do one thing and the quality of everything that I do suffers for it.
Whether it’s eating, writing an email, watching a movie, or putting away your laundry, I encourage you all to try – just try – to do one thing. See what it feels like to give the entirety of your attention to a single task for a set period of time. Take note of what effects this has on your mentality as well as your efficiency. Revel in the experience, no matter what it might be, for there is beauty to be found even in the most mundane of life’s tasks.