Another mother’s day went by as social media got flooded with multitasking supermoms juggling with work-life balance. While it’s perfectly normal and somewhat of a platitude to devote a calendar day for expressing our gratitude, social stigmas concerning gender roles remains. It’s not just `supermoms’ that find pride in an exhausting work-life routine. A vast majority of us have a tendency to celebrate multitasking as some kind of a trophy to be won. But is multitasking really good for our health?

Studies have shown that, multitasking indeed has many health disadvantages. Prolonged multitasking reduces productivity, decreases brain capacity and make us physically exhausted. Not to mention the immense mental stress and its consequences. We can question this statement by pinpointing our ability to manage different tasks at a time. Well, obviously we are smart enough to `manage’ different things simultaneously. But that doesn’t mean we should- at least from a healthy lifestyle point of view.

No reward for exhaustion

We are all guilty of trying to accomplish many things at the same time. And not always because of a time pressure. We watch TV while texting, we watch movies during dinner, we talk in phone during driving- the list goes on. In the end, that feeling of having done so many things in a very short time can be rewarding. But studies prove that, you are really not doing any favours to anybody by multitasking. In fact, focusing on many things at once take away your attention from every task you are doing, thus effectively bringing down your productivity. And the exhaustion will definitely wear you out as well.

One task at a time

Human beings are definitely smart enough to multitask. But our bodies are simply, not made for juggling so many tasks at once. And no, not even `supermoms’ are built for taking care of literally everything that comes their way. It will eventually slows you down, exhaust you, reduces productivity, increases stress levels and makes you age faster than necessary. Before you decide it’s impossible to slow down from the hectic life, here are a few tips that can help you one task at a time.

  • Share duties equally between everyone involved

  • Keep a to-do list

  • Keep a `priorities’ journal

  • Enjoy every day duties like brushing, eating, washing plates etc.

  • Ask help

  • Practise mindfulness


Constantly living in the `high alert’ state makes us miss out on life. People, who have spent most of their adulthood multitasking, reportedly regretted about missing out on simple life joys. It is important for us to stop trying to be perfect for once and appreciate the simplicity of mere living.

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