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Text While You Drive To Save Some Time
Some laws are just plain silly. Texting, heck, even emailing while driving, just makes sense. There are only so many hours in a day. The time moms spend ferrying kids from one activity to the next shouldn’t be wasted just because we’re behind the wheel.
We live in a world where multi-tasking is just a way of life. And while our legislators can’t seem to get even one thing done at a time, as mamas we’re pretty tootin’ good at it.
Or Maybe Not
See how stupid that sounds? Because we all realize that it is dangerous to pay attention to our phones while we’re on the road. And why is that? Because our focus is split.
Instead of concentrating 100% on driving safely, we give some of our attention to the phone, and we give the road whatever is leftover. Our passengers and other drivers deserve better than our brain’s leftovers. In addition to the danger, driving with split focus leads to missed exits and wrong turns. In other words, it not only makes for a riskier ride, but also a longer one, so it doesn’t even accomplish what it sets out to do in the first place.
Ah, Ha, Ha, Ha, Stayin’ Alive, Stayin’ Alive
Let’s try a less deadly approach to productivity then, shall we? All kidding aside, Mama, you can get more done every day, and in less time. All you need to know is one secret.
The secret to accomplishing more each day is so simple that once you try it you won’t believe how long you went without it. In fact, it’s not even something you have to start doing, but rather something you have to stop doing.
Ready? Here it is. Stop multitasking!
No matter how much we as moms talk about the wonders of multi-tasking, when we see it in such a plain example as texting on the road, we instinctively realize that when we try to do two things at the same time, the quality of both suffers.
Focus On One Thing At A Time
You will achieve everything on your list more quickly than when you work on multiple tasks at once. Here’s why.
- You’re not really doing two things at once in the first place. Instead, you do two things in quick succession, one right after the other. So you spend the time it takes to do each thing and the time it takes to switch to the next. Those seconds your mind and body take to switch gears add up, and in the end that means that multi-tasking wastes time, rather than saves it.
- You make silly mistakes. When you focus only part of your attention on something, you make more mistakes, so guess what? That means you will spend time to correct those mistakes. Again, thank multi-tasking for stealing your free time, not multiplying it.
- It stresses us the freak out. When is the last time you did your best, quickest work while sick or exhausted? Or while your body was, in any other way, not operating at peak performance? Trying to do two things at once triggers a stress response that leads to sleeplessness and health problems in some cases. No bueno! Unless you’re a glutton for punishment (or are trying to get out of a visit from your Great Aunt Phyllis) there is no reason to do something that might lead to poor health. Another major time drain!
Less Is More
Mama, while the world shouts the message that more is more, this is just not true. Multi-tasking is a time drain. Cut it from your life.
Focus on one thing at a time and watch your productivity increase dramatically. This also goes for detours to check in on Facebook, texts and emails in the middle of a project. Just don’t.
And if, after implementing this tip, you still feel like you can not get everything on your to-do list to fit into one day, then perhaps it’s time to whittle down that to-do list. Start living some of that life you work so hard for. Need some inspiration? Check out these ideas for cutting out some of the kid-induced schedule clutter.
What about you, Mama? What else helps you find more time in your day?