The Twelve Monotasks Do One Thing at a Time to Do Everything Better

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2021-12-07
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Spark
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Return your focus to one familiar task at a time to reclaim your attention, productivity, and happiness.

Neurological research definitively and repeatedly concludes that there is a bottleneck in our cognitive function — when we do more than one thing at a time, we become less efficient and more error‑prone. Our systems get overloaded and we crash. In fact, we are actually wired to monotask—to give dedicated focus to one task at a time.
Whether you call it monotasking, mindfulness, being present, or any other name, the goal is the same: Give your focus to one thing at a time and do it with your all. When we do things with our full focus, completely tuning our bodies and our brains in to one activity—like reading a book, listening to someone in a conversation, or paying attention to our surroundings while we go for a walk—amazing things can happen.
Drawing on research in psychology, neuroscience, and mindfulness, The Twelve Monotasks breaks down twelve everyday activities to strengthen our “monotasking” muscle so that we can rebuild and expand our attention spans. When we focus on what we are doing, where we are and who we are with, we can rediscover our ability to enjoy life, connect with others, and succeed in all that we do. And in the end, it makes us happier, more productive, and more present — in all aspects of our lives. 

Author Biography

Thatcher Wine is a successful entrepreneur, dedicated father, cancer survivor, and published author. He is the Founder & CEO of Juniper Books, a company based in Boulder, Colorado that specializes in custom curated libraries and designing special edition book sets. Juniper Books has a global reach with over 22,000 customers in 57 countries; 73,000 Instagram followers; and an enviable client list of celebrities and business leaders including Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey, and Shonda Rhimes.

Thatcher is the co-author of For the Love of Books: Designing and Curating a Home Library, published by Gibbs Smith in September 2019, which has sold 20,000 units in special markets. Thatcher’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, New York Magazine, on CBS Sunday Morning, and numerous other media outlets. Thatcher plans to launch a monotasking-focused podcast in 2020 that will feature interviews with well-known gurus from the worlds of art, literature, business, entertainment, and sports.

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