How many things can you look at at once?
Simply put, the human mind is a binary machine. It uses electricity to transfer thoughts ONE AT A TIME. As much as the term “multitasking” is used, it simply does not exist. You cannot do more than one conscious action at a time. If you think you can, try this simple experiment:
Read a book and watch TV at the same time giving both 100% of your attention all the way through.
Done it? Good. How many of you I wonder were able to successfully pay attention to both simultaneously? None you say? Thought so...
And yet, so many people do not apply this simple rule to their life.
The number one cause of anxiety is overload. Simply put, if you try and make a binary organic system perform tasks that it is simply not built to do it will react by producing anxiety. Anxiety is your body’s early warning system. It is an alarm system to let you know something is wrong.
Too many tasks = Overload=Anxiety=Shutdown.
Try this simple exercise. Write down all the tasks you think you need to do in a day. Rate them all from 1 to 10 (1 being least important, 10 being most). Then eliminate the lowest scoring task. You can simply leave it out, or outsource it to someone else (get your other half to do the washing up for example). At this point your mind is throwing up excuses at you. Any change causes stress. Try it for a week and see what happens.
Reduce overload and anxiety improves.