I used to think I was the queen of multitasking. I went through grad school as a single mother of a two-year old little girl, and time was of essence! If you had visited our home during this time, chances are pretty high you may even have found me with a book in one hand, Angelina in the other, while cooking food – all at the same time!
Research studies have now found that multitasking may not be the way to get things done. A study undertaken by a team of researchers at Stanford University in 2009 found that people who multitask actually achieve less! They are constantly thinking about another task, instead of focusing on the one at hand.
Whilst multitasking trying to put dinner on the table while playing with my daughter and studying at the same time may not have worked in my favor, what did work though was squeezing in small moments of “bonus minutes” – and study. Even if I just had 9 minutes until I had to go pick up my daughter at the babysitter, or if it was 15 minutes before class, I would fully make use of that time – and at least get started.
Looking back on that time now, I know this is what turned out to be my number one success strategy! It was in those precious moments that I focused. I was fully tuned in, and more than anything, I was grateful for the time, which in turn made me happy – and made me accomplish even more!
Those “bonus minutes” were the times where I would get myself organized. Even if I just had a few minutes, by making use of this extra time I now knew what I had to do, because I had familiarized myself with the task at hand.
I’ve found throughout the years, that the biggest hurdle for me is not getting things done, it’s knowing what I’m supposed to be doing! That process in itself can be just as time consuming.
If we don’t know what it is we’re supposed to be doing, or where to start, we feel stressed. We may also develop guilt and feel overwhelmed.
I keep careful notes on my projects these days, with detailed summaries of what needs to be done, what the next steps are, and then mark them as completed as I go. It’s such a wonderful feeling of accomplishment, and I am very grateful for each task I’ve worked through, and that in turn makes me happy – and I flow with more energy!
Here they are, my 3 success strategies summarized!
Make use of bonus minutes – and get started. Getting started is often the biggest hurdle. This is when we figure out what needs to be done!
Make notes of what needs to be done, and the steps to take to get there. Mark off as you go!
Feel gratitude for any extra time you find, and for each step that is completed. The more grateful we are, the happier we feel, and the more we flow!
With Love & Gratitude,
Anna-Karin Bjorklund, M.A., MFTI is a joyous writer and inspirational speaker, and the author of Dream Guidance: Interpret Your Dreams and Create the Life You Desire! She is also a Therapist in Newport Beach specializing in Dream Analysis, Anxiety, Public Speaking, Stress, and Couples therapy. She loves sharing her passion for dreams and soul growth with audiences near and far, and has made expert appearances on Fox & Friends, and the Steve Harvey TV Show on NBC, and been interviewed by Money Magazine, Daily Worth, Marie Claire UK and other media outlets.