Apologies. I presumed you meant during meditation.
Best while performing a task to be exclusively mindful of the task, mainly for safety reasons, but this can also be a great exercise in centering the mind and quieting its tendencies to wander. If one finds one's mind wandering away from the task simply bring focus back. Focusing exclusively on the task is every bit as good as focusing exclusively on the breaths.
Don't want to be driving down the freeway focusing on counting breaths while tuning out the traffic around you.
Excellent advice. Your post reminded me of one of my favorite excerpts from Thich Nhat Hanh's The Miracle of Mindfulness:
“While washing the dishes one should only be washing the dishes, which means that while washing the dishes one should be completely aware of the fact that one is washing the dishes.”
… “The fact that I am standing there and washing these bowls is a wondrous reality. I’m being completely myself, following my breath, conscious of my presence, and conscious of my thoughts and actions. There’s no way I can be tossed around mindlessly like a bottle slapped here and there on the waves.”
It doesn't mean we should love washing the dishes, nor become a dishwasher. The point is to be mindful, not just in washing the dishes but in everything we do — wherever you are or whatever the condition is.
The book has made me reconsider how often I try to multitask. I'm realizing more and more that sometimes I don't truly "multitask"; I just end up losing sufficient focus and not properly focusing on any one task when I try to juggle multiple things at once instead of finishing each one mindfully.