Do you think you are good at multi-tasking? Do you feel like you are one of those people who can master multi-tasking, and say “you don’t know what you’re talking about” to those who challenge you on your ability to multi-task?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then I beg to differ.
You can certainly switch from one task to another and you may be able to do two tasks at the same time (depending on what the tasks are), but you cannot multi-task.
You can’t focus your attention on multiple tasks. You can only focus on one task at a time.
You might say “Well I can do two things at once!”
You can point to something like “I listen to music while I drive.” That might be true, but if a situation jumps out in front of you such as a child chasing a ball into the street running right in front of your car, how fast do you think you would react if you weren’t distracted by music?
In this scenario you would either have a delayed reaction or wouldn’t remember the song you were listening to. It depends on what you were paying attention to. If you paid attention to the song, it would delay your reaction. If you paid attention to your driving, then likely you wouldn’t remember the song you were listening to.
When you pay attention to too many things at once you can end up feeling like this…
Rather than completing multiple things, you end up completing nothing because none of the tasks end up fully completed, and you also end up feeling overwhelmed.
You likely have many projects started, but none of them that are fully completed which can leave you feeling baffled.
I get it because I did that too. I would start on so many projects that I ended up not knowing which one needed to be finished, and then none of it got finished! That left me feeling overwhelmed because now I had so many projects that needed to get done with nothing yet completed.
It got so bad, that I would walk away, and try to avoid my dilemma. The more I didn’t face it, the more I procrastinated, the worse I was making the situation. I felt like I was on a runaway train that couldn’t be stopped and would only end up in disaster.
What I learned was…
Focus and complete one task at a time.
You might be able to complete two tasks at once such as you see here in this picture…
You might be thinking, “Wait, I thought you said you can’t multi-task.”
You’re right… don’t let this picture fool you.
I might be able to hoop and talk at the same time, but I am not able to do other hooping tricks or learn to do new hooping tricks with the phone in my hand.
Depending upon the importance of the phone call I can easily miss out on important details because I am not giving my full attention.
It might look like I can do both activities at the same time, but the reality is that it’s much better to focus on one activity at a time to reduce the time to complete an activity and reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed.
Usually the overwhelmed feeling leads to procrastination.
The moral of this story is…
You can switch from one activity to another activity but focus on one activity at a time to reduce feeling of being overwhelmed. Feeling overwhelmed can lead to procrastination. When you focus on one task at a time you achieve better results in completing a task, and you won’t miss out on details that may be important.
I may be able to hoop and talk on the phone at the same time, but I definitely get a better result when I do one or the other and not both at the same time.
You can only truly pay attention and focus on one thing/task/activity at a time. Don’t be fooled into thinking you can and are good at multi-tasking.
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