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How to be a Mindful Multitasker

How to be a Mindful Multitasker

Fast-paced modern life often requires multi-tasking, which can leave me feeling off-balance and pulled in too many directions. When I start to feel that way, I think back to Kyoto.

In Kyoto, I love how time stands still. People are busy, but never rushed. People think of Kyoto as a place of temples and geisha, but it’s as modern as it is ancient. Did you know Nintendo is headquartered there? I love the way they are able to marry the efficiency of multitasking with the grace of mindful living.

One of my favorite philosophies that applies to both life and skincare is Ban-no: all-purpose and all-mighty. Your things should work hard for you so that you don’t have to work as hard. Tatcha crafts each formula to deliver multiple benefits, offering skin everything it needs and nothing it doesn’t. Our newest treasure, The Water Cream, is an anti-aging moisturizer to hydrate, balance and refine skin in one step.  The unique, oil-free formula is a burst of zen for your skin, transforming upon application to release refreshing hydration and powerful Japanese botanicals. The result is smooth, poreless skin that is perfectly prepped for makeup - one less thing for you to worry about.

These are some of my favorite philosophies for mindful multitasking at home.

  1. Wabi sabi: Imperfections make things more unique. We can so often feel pulled off-balance by a desire to do each and every thing perfectly, in work and in life. This philosophy teaches us to embrace the flaws. For example, cooking a meal for a loved one doesn’t have to be Instagram-worthy—a chipped plate or a crooked sushi roll only makes it more treasured.
  2. Ichi-go, ichi-e: Just this one moment, once in a lifetime. This saying reminds us of the preciousness of each interaction we have. There are ways to multitask while also allowing us to spend time with the people we care about. For example, instead of taking a work call while making dinner, multitask by catching up with a friend or loved one while chopping veggies.
  3. Omakase: Entrust to others. This word is most often encountered at sushi bars, but also applies to our lives. When ordering, it gives the chef authority to make what they want for you, at the price they set. In life, it reminds us to trust and lean on the people who surround us to help us achieve what we need to do.
  4. Kaizen: Make small, continuous  improvements. It might not seem like much, but kaizen teaches us to take small steps, towards the change we want. It’s much easier to multitask when you’re working on small changes towards a goal, rather than trying to accomplish something radical.
  5. Shankankan: The beauty of taking your time. It is easy for us to rush through our work, turning them into mindless endeavors. Shankankan reminds us to slow down, to take time and even enjoy the work at hand.
  6. Nyunanshin: Have a flexible mind. Originating in martial arts, the concept of nyunanshin says that we should maintain an open mind and be receptive to new teachings. There are always more efficient or better ways of completing the task at hand. Whether it’s advice from a successful friend or listening to a productivity podcast, seek out new perspectives.
  7. Chisoku: Know when enough is enough. Chisoku comes from a zen principle that says there is no limit to human desire. As such, it is up to us to know when to be satisfied. It can be easy to lose ourselves in a flurry of work, but chisoku reminds us to know when our work is done, so we can step away and enjoy other things.
  8. Yataiki: Find joy in small things. Even when tasks seem mindless, there are ways to make them uplifting. In the same way a child finds joy in the smallest things, allow yourself to notice the beauty of the flowers as you run, or the sound of your favorite song as you work.

I hope these beautiful philosophies are as transformative for you as they were for me.


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Victoria Tsai
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Published March 8, 2017
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