When you read the title it is very easy to think like “What’s the big deal about doing one thing at a time?”. But it really is one big TASK which a lot of us fail at. We live in a world where it is easy to do multiple things at a time or what we call “Multi-Tasking”. But rarely do we notice that doing so many things at once like eating food and watching show simultaneously or watching a show and scrolling the mobile devices, whatsoever you might think of a multi tasking scenario, one thing is underlying among all of it and that is loss of focus. Yes, you heard it right or maybe seen.
When you do two things at once, our attention is divided among events thus making us less capable of focusing on one thing or event at a time. We praise the ability to multi task. But, in reality multi tasking does more harm than good. It leads to loss of focus and concentration even in small, mundane things that we do in our daily lives. We cannot focus on single event for an extended period of time. This is what we can label as “InAttention”.
The funny thing is not many of us are even aware of this thing. We can only be aware when we are actually AWARE. Most of our waking hours are either lost in thinking, day dreaming, judging others, and stressing out. We rarely watch ourselves. We rarely stop, or pause. We are so action-driven that we don’t make time for ourselves or do some Self-Reflection.
If we go on functioning like this in our daily lives, then we are better considered as zombies rather than human. Just like Sant Kabir once said “If you don’t pay attention now, you’ll only wind up in an apartment in a city of death later”. So better be AWARE.