1. Live one day at a time ... and one moment at a time. Most of our problems arise because we try to do more than that. All religions and spiritual philosophies teach the importance of living one day at a time ... indeed, one moment at a time. It is the only sensible way to live. Remember, at this very moment you are creating your tomorrow.
2. Do one thing at a time ... and forget about ‘multitasking’. Follow the advice of Saint Paul who said, ‘This one thing I do’ (Phil 3:13 [KJV]). Zen says the same thing. When you’re washing the dishes, just wash the dishes. Do nothing else. Think of nothing else. Just wash the dishes. Ditto when you’re eating, walking, etc. It’s that simple! Now, take a look at the picture of the woman (pictured immediately below). With her multiple arms and hands she looks like a modern day Ganesha! Pitiful! Just like so many of us. Despite what you may have been told, the brain can only ‘think’ one thought at any given moment in time, and can only handle one cognitive function at a time. So-called ‘multitasking’ is nothing other than ‘switch-tasking’, that is, toggling between one task and another ... each time with a startup cost. Multitasking makes us feel efficient but actually slows down our thinking, erodes our attention, and makes us more stressed out, depressed and less able to connect with others.