Have you ever been in “the zone”? You know, the chunk of time that you are a beast at accomplishing a task. Your energy is limitless, your productivity is stellar, you feel unstoppable and on top of the world.
Turns out the brain is only good at doing one thing at a time. Yes, yes, you can and do multi-task often and everything turns out, but what if you didn’t? What if you let the brain do what it does best? One thing at a time.
Try it…do one thing and don’t think about the next thing. Leave Thing 1 and Thing 2 out of it just for the time being. Just be in that moment, doing that task. Just scrub the floor or write that article. Only read that book or fill out that spreadsheet. This isn’t trying to force your brain not to think, it’s just focusing on the task at hand. Are you less scattered? Do you feel more successful and invigorated? More focused? Are you able to knock out more tasks because you do each one well?
Now shift that idea to what you put into your body. When you’re eating, just eat. Not while you’re driving, not while you’re watching TV (gasp!), no phone in hand (horrors!). Take the food one bite at a time and chew it. Savor the flavors, the tastes and textures. Appreciate the nourishment that is going to give you the energy you need to keep moving forward.
Food taken in a distracted way or when you’re in a hurry often results in burping, heartburn, that food-suck-in-your-throat feeling or general discomfort and heaviness. When you chew food appropriately, it has the time to start breaking down so it can be assimilated. Because that’s actually the whole point of eating. Picture this – all of those tiny cells in your stomach trying to digest ginormous chunks of steak. Impossible.
Do yourself a favor and eat mindfully one day. See how you feel mentally and physically. Make sense? Let us know if you have any thoughts or questions.
Go make it a great day people, cause you’re the only one that can!