Productivity

Trying To Multi-Task

Sometimes we think it’s a good idea to multi-task, but then reality happens. And instead of being insanely productive, we don’t do things as effectively or efficiently as we’d like.

I say this as I’m multi-tasking.

I know how difficult it is to focus on one task for an extended period of time. But I think now, more than ever before, human beings need to focus, to concentrate. Easier said than done. But we aren’t doing ourselves any favours by trying to multi-task everything in life.

I realize there’s a lot going on at any given time. We have many responsibilities and obligations, interests and hobbies. Still, I see the value in focusing on one thing at a time whenever possible.

Having our attention divided, specifically when we’re doing work that requires it doesn’t do wonders for anyone.

We don’t retain as much information when we’re listening to a professor lecture while also messaging friends in addition to shopping online. We don’t write as well if we’re watching TV and talking to a friend at the same time.

I’m not perfect. But I’ve gotten better at giving important tasks my undivided attention because I can’t always afford to spilt my attention. Everything suffers when I do.

I’ve also found that each time I resist giving into temptations while in class or in the middle of a task, I reinforce the habit.

Sometimes I just can’t let distractions deter me.

I used to be better at reading for a longer period of time without wanting to checking my phone. Nowadays, I rarely sit down for a couple of hours with a book and read uninterrupted.

I know my attention span isn’t quite like it used to be, which is a tragedy. But at least I’m aware of my flaws, some of them anyway.

I want to recognize when I shouldn’t divide my attention, when I shouldn’t multi-task. I need to resist temptations more often, especially when I’m doing work that requires critical thinking.

Of course, I’d love to hear your thoughts like whether or not you think I’m insane.

10 thoughts on “Trying To Multi-Task

  1. Insane? Not yet!! 🙂 I’m with you. Multi-tasking does damage on both/all sides of this circus, which too often involves relationships as well as knowledge and creativity. It seems to be the norm now–sadly. And it takes enormous determination to break the habit. Excellent topic and post.

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  2. I’m with you, although I might be biased in my opinion since I’m a disaster when I try to multitask.

    I’ve also wondered about multitasking vs. focusing in a broader, more lifelong sense. I feel like the people who become truly exceptional individuals (the Olympic gymnasts, the piano virtuosos, the Charles Darwins) do so by focusing their whole lives on one task, while the majority of us divide our time up between many different interests and never become exceptional at any of them.

    Thanks for the thought-provoking post!

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    1. You’re not alone. I can’t focus on any one thing properly when I’m multitasking.

      Yeah, that’s a good point. It reminds me of those who have true mastery over something versus people who are a jack of all trades but master of none.

      My pleasure. Thank you for reading. 🙂

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