The danger of multi-tasking!

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Originally published 26th August 2019

Missing kitten snuggles and dropping food on the floor

A unique feline

In the photo is Molly-Moo the puppy-pony-kitten-cat we adopted last summer.
She’s a bit bonkers (hence her full title) with tricks like dressage like a pony and fetching balls like a dog. She came to us as a short-haired cat with a bit of fluff in her ears and turned into a complete floof-ball.
Anyway, more of Molly later…

Spinning all the plates

I think a lot of us pride ourselves on our multi-tasking and life sometimes feels like there’s so much to get done, multi-tasking is the only way!
First up; the science.
A bit of a shock – it’s impossible to multi-task. Whilst you can pat your head and rub your tummy (or not!) your brain can only focus on one thought at a time.
What we’re actually doing when we multi-task, is flip quickly from one thing to the next. And that can cause stress and is soooo tiring.

Where did my life go?

Secondly, the other danger of trying to multi-task is missing out.
Back to that crazy puppy-pony-kitten-cat, Molly-Moo.
I was relaxing in bed doing something I’m a bit embarrassed to tell you about – social media, on my phone, first thing in the morning. It’s not the best way to start my day and can sometimes use up the time I could have used to do some great yoga to set my day up right . Anyway, don’t judge me, huh? I’m working on it 😉

A cat with a message

Then Molly comes over for a cuddle and I gave her both barrels, a two-handed, full-on back of both ears pamper scritch. She was in heaven. After a few moments, I switched to one handed and picked up my phone for the massively important task of seeing if there was a new ‘here’s my dinner’ photo from someone I hardly know.
Molly walked off.

Favouritism

This often happens because, just after we got her, I spent a week in Blackpool with my lovely mum and she bonded with Annie. Which is lovely. Honest. No, really, I’m fine with it.
So Molly wandered over to Annie and got another one-handed-other-hand-on-my-phone stroke, she wandered away again.
For the first time I realised what was happening, and how she was voting with her feet.

My second chance

I called her back and gave her both hands and my full attention. She took all I had to give and then curled up to have a nap on my lap, something she hardly ever does with me.
I’d given her my full attention and was rewarded with a full on tummy warmer nap.

Why it’s important

If you’ve heard me talk about oxytocin, you’ll know that I was now in oxytocin heaven, feeling the feel-good chemicals that reduce blood pressure and improve heart health.

Capturing moments of joy

And I decided right then to write this blog about Molly and her preference for full attention, which is why we managed to snap a photo of the very moment.
Because we all need reminding to fully focus on what we’re doing from time to time. How often do you drop something because you’re trying to do two things at once. Or forget what you’ve left the room for because you thought you’d fetch something else while you were at it?

Have a go

How about for our little task this week, we try and do one thing at a time. And do it well. This particular Monday Motivation Message will be arriving on Bank Holiday Monday in the UK, so right away you might have the opportunity to take a break from the busyness and just do one thing fully. But whenever you read this, it really is possible to get back to that old fashioned idea of doing one thing at a time, and doing it well.

Molly gets the last word

Molly is currently chasing a grasshopper, utterly concentrating on it. Although, I’m hoping in her case she gets distracted before she catches the poor thing!

Love, Always,
Pam x

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