Are you losing your edge? Are you having trouble keeping up with all of the things expected of you? Should you still be trying to multitask at age 70 and beyond?
Most of us like to be busy and we like to feel important but reeling off a huge list of daily activities may be too much of a strain.
Slow down just a little; give your brain a break. Studies show that multitasking isn’t all its cracked up to be. Every time you switch gears you lose precious moments; the more tasks you try to juggle the less efficient you become. If your daily activities contribute to feelings of stress, lack of control and/or physical discomfort you need to give something up.
Still feel pressured? If you need to finish sewing a ballet costume, pick up the grandkids after school, show up for an exercise class and volunteer at the hospital, you may have taken on too much. Learn to say “no” if you are starting to feel overwhelmed or if sensory overload causes you to forget things that are truly important.
Be practical by:
In general, try setting goals (know what you have to do), eliminate distractions and avoid multitasking. Trying to do too many things at once can result in confusion, mistake making, and forgetfulness, and who needs that kind of guilt trip.