So many things to do but so little time? Multitaskers pride themselves on being able to juggle everything – work, family, and other social commitments – at the same time. But they tend to cut corners when it comes to themselves.
You need to stop doing everything at once. (Photo: Jason Salmon)
They know that they need to exercise, and that they should be having a proper breakfast. But multi-taskers just can’t seem to get down to it! By skipping breakfast and other meals, they often don’t realise they compensate by snacking on the go. Even when having a proper meal, multitaskers usually read/browse/catch up on work and often end up eating more than they realise.
If that sounds like you, stop the juggling act.
Studies show that multitasking causes brain drain and (eventually) mental overload. Doing multiple unrelated actions also leads to reduced restraint in other areas of your life, like not being able to stick to a fitness routine or resist fatty foods. Instead of being a busybody, do these:
Plan more active gatherings
Forget the high teas. Kill two birds with one stone by planning tennis or golf sessions with business partners, friends or colleagues. This way, you get to torch calories and socialise at the same time.
Tennis is a great way to exercise while hanging out with your friends. (Photo: Igor Mojzes)
Skipping breakfast will slow your metabolism. “When you don’t feed your body, it thinks it needs to rely on its existing fat stores, so it slows the calorie burn,” explains Jaclyn Reutens, clinical dietitian at Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants. “Breakfast skippers also tend to have meals that are higher in fat and sugar compared to breakfast eaters.” She recommends having something high in fibre and low in sugar to stay full and alert, like a bran cereal with skimmed milk. It’s quick and easy to prepare too!
Eat more mindfully
Don’t have breakfast or other meals while you’re trying to concentrate on clearing emails either. This bad habit distracts you from being conscious of what you’re eating, an action termed “eating amnesia”. So put everything aside and focus on eating during mealtimes instead. To promote satiety and help you enjoy your meal, look at your food, take in its aroma, and chew well before swallowing.
Put yourself first
If “too much work” is your biggest obstacle, tell yourself this: You are your most important project. “Respect the exercise time you’ve scheduled as if it were your biggest client or closest friend. Honour these appointments and do not break them,” advises Dr Robert Kushner, author and clinical director of the Northwestern Comprehensive Center on Obesity in Chicago.