3 reasons trying to do everything means you enjoy nothing

3 reasons trying to do everything means you enjoy nothing

In the world of workplace productivity, multi-tasking has had it’s ups and downs.

Some years ago, it was hailed as the answer to getting things done.

Why do just one thing at a time, the theory went, when you could do multiple things at a time?!?!

Which sounded great, until it wasn’t.

Research and experience pretty quickly revealed that doing multiple tasks usually meant doing NONE of those tasks well. Most people found that multitasking was associated with more stress and less efficiency. Most people made more mistakes which meant taking more time to go back and correct those mistakes. Most people keep multitasking despite these very real and relatively obvious side-effects.

Interestingly, much of the same occurs in the happiness and wellbeing realm. That is, too many people try to do too many things to feel better, which doesn’t sound unreasonable until you realise they’re not doing any of those things as well as they could do. Trying new things isn’t inherently bad, but trying too many things, without maximal commitment, isn’t really good either.

So, if you’re really wanting to enjoy more happiness and wellness in your life, here are 3 reasons you should try few things for longer periods:

  1. Most health and wellbeing strategies take time to learn, practice and to master. Most happiness strategies don’t provide their full effect until they’re mastered, which can take weeks or months. Taking on too many options leads to spreading yourself too thin and not really enjoying the benefits of any of them
  2. following on from the previous point, if you’re constantly switching between numerous activities you’ll never really get to do any of them well. Just like the failures of multitasking, trying to enjoy everything can often lead to enjoying nothing
  3. And finally, we can learn a lot from the powerful benefits of meditation. Although meditation brings with it numerous benefits, one of the most important, but strangely least appreciated, is focus. At the heart of meditation is focus, is coming back to whatever it is you’re meditating on; the breath, a mantra, or something else. But learning to come back, to refocus, maximises the power of this multifaceted strategy and from this, we can learn the wisdom of doing one thing, and doing it really well.

To find what we really need for happiness and success, we may well need to engage in some trial and error. That’s fine. But make sure you try whatever it is you’re trying for a reasonable period of time before deeming it an error. Make sure you give whatever it is your doing a real and proper chance to work, to do its work. Dedicate yourself to fewer things, and enjoy far more benefits from those fewer things, before trying new things. Do this, and happiness becomes much more likely due to the power of focus.