For family caregivers who have a lot on their plate, such as caring for an elderly loved one, raising a family, and working full or part time, multitasking seems like a good idea. The reality is, however, that the brain never truly multitasks as it can only process one task at a time. So, when family caregivers resort to multitasking to conquer their long to-do lists, they have a greater likelihood of making mistakes, leaving tasks half-completed, and even risking safety. For family caregivers who often find themselves falling into this trap, here is a list of tips to help you stop multitasking and start focusing on one task at a time (so you can do it well).
Take Away Distractions
When we are distracted, it is hard to get anything done to the best of our ability. Unfortunately, we live in a world of distractions today, and this can be very overwhelming for family caregivers. When it is time to tackle the to-do list, reduce distractions by putting away the phone, tablet, computer, etc. and focus on the task at hand. So, for example, if it is time to vacuum the house, don’t have your phone in your pocket while you are doing the chore. Having your phone on you will only tempt you to answer calls and texts, etc. while vacuuming and make the actual task of vacuuming take much longer!
Write It Down
Keeping a planner or an organized notebook is a great way to keep track of all you need to do and when you need to do it. Giving yourself written reminders of things to do can help you remember to actually do them. If you attempt to keep only “mental notes,” you may have a tendency to forget them!
Set Priorities and Stick to Them
Arrange your to-do list into separate lists that indicate which items are top priorities and which are not. Making a doctor’s appointment for your elderly loved one, for example, might be something you have to do today, while folding a basket of laundry might be something that would be nice to do today, but can ultimately be done tomorrow if needed.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Mesa, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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