In modern society, people are often faced with multitasking. Solving several problems at a time became normal and watching those, who succeed in being all over the place, we admire them and think, that it is effective. But is it right? What is multitasking? Where did this behavior pattern come from? Is it possible to become the modern Julius Caesar? What advice does yoga give us?
We can find the definition of this term in computing: “Multi-tasking is an attribute of an operating system or a runtime environment to provide the possibility of parallel processing of different actions.”
Multitasking is not a quality of a person. But sometimes, it seems that a person is solving different problems at a time, like a computer, processing different actions simultaneously. However, it is not as it looks. The attention of people is just switching from one subject to another.
Today the representatives of many professions, for example, a secretary or operator, always face the problems, which need simultaneous solving. In such a regime, the attention splits up between incoming information flows, but the concentration on every problem is seriously reduced. Just think, not for nothing, it is forbidden to speak on the phone while driving.
The ability to concentrate all the attention on each subject is very important.
Possibly, Julius Caesar developed the capability to switch his attention quickly from one process to another. It looked from the outside that he was all over the place and kept everything up-to-date. But how can we achieve this effect? Yoga gives us recommendations on how to accelerate refocusing and improve concentration on each process. Yoga encourages people to follow common sense, make progress and to sharpen their mind.
In particular, one of the principles says: “You should spend your energy and focus your consciousness only on the things which lead you to the goals that you have set for your work, school, leisure or yoga. Before you get involved in any task, ask yourself if it leads you to your goals — if not, then you should refuse from it as unnecessary.”
This principle is also called the principle of logics or the principle of effectiveness. If we realize it in our life, we will find a solution to any of our problems.
Besides, Radja yoga — the kind of yoga, gives us the additional recommendation — to switch from one aim to another one by one; to start performing the next task after finishing the previous one.
Such an approach allows concentrating on one subject, increasing the speed and quality of the whole process. Planning the appropriate order of the tasks and the whole life direction according to our values, gives a good chance to avoid the declination of plans and not to waste resources for nothing.
The success in accomplishing the number of tasks that we need to do depends on the quantity of the life power that we have. In yoga, our life power is called prana.
Following the principles of logic and consistency, we can structure our life and accumulate vitality, which will inspire us to break new ground. On the contrary, wasting our time on the tasks which do not lead us to our goals, we waste our vitality and we are not able to manage even the most ordinary tasks.
Classic kinds of yoga help us to accumulate prana:
- Asanas of Hatha yoga not only stimulate muscles but enhance the blood supply of our brain and strengthen the nervous system.
- Dynamic Kriya yoga purifies the body, makes it healthy and beautiful and gradually leads us to the control of our thoughts.
- Meditation calms down our mind and brings to naught active thinking.
- Pranayama yoga as the queen of prana is favourable to the accumulation of life force.
Yoga techniques are able to increase the level of prana, which makes us more effective in achieving any kind of goals and any number of goals.
Practicing yoga regularly, we improve our memory, increase the strength of our attention and productivity of thinking, learn not to be exposed to stress, which can slow down our mental process. The main thing — not to waste effort on useless things, and to direct our attention to the necessary aims in any spheres of our life!
1 Herbert Schildt “Java The Complete Reference”, Seventh edition, 2006
Practice yoga and be effective!
Author: Daria Klyshko
Translator: Evgenia Agni