We all think we can do it. In fact, so many of us think we are actually good at it. But is it possible to truly multi-task? Accomplish and/or make significant and impactful progress on the multitude of assignments that we work on at any given moment? How can we focus? Are we accomplishing meaningful work? What do we do first? Is there anything that we should stop doing??
And since I am writing about LESS, I will get right to it. Multi-tasking is not as effective as it has been hyped up to be for so many years. This is probably not “news” to you. In fact, more research is demonstrating that not only is multi-tasking a bad approach to accomplishing tasks, but it may even be detrimental to being productive. And it gets even better…we should be thinking about doing less to get more meaningful work done. The art in this is choosing what is right for you to concentrate on. Doing LESS while accomplishing MORE is all about focus and self awareness. You will definitely have to ask yourself some tough questions, be honest with yourself about what is MOST important in life and then focus your time and your energy on THE ANSWER. This does not mean that it would be okay to ignore deadlines and priorities, however, you should really begin to evaluate what THE PRIORITY is FOR YOU at any given period of time.
“Multi-tasking is merely the opportunity to screw up more than one thing at a time.” ~Steve Uzzel
The book that truly inspired me (and many, many others) to focus on what we truly must focus on is “Essentialism” by @GregoryMcKeown . Doing less sounds simple enough, right? However, as McKeown succinctly points out, this is a disciplined and never ending pursuit to pare down and weed through the never-ending demands and pressures that we place upon ourselves. I hope that you caught that. You do have control over this and there are some things that can be done to help not only feel like you are in control, but actually be in control. This was the hardest part to grasp, and I am still working on this myself. Ironically, I put off reading this book because I could not “fit it in”. I strongly believe it is an essential read to help in creating a more balanced LIFE. As Mckeown points out in his book that John Maxwell so eloquently asserted:
“You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.”
It is so interesting that we are also raising our children to be able to do many things at once as the overload of “things to do” often preoccupies the mind from such an early start in life. Children are being raised to be “kept busy” and parents are suffering along with our children. The overload can be just too much for the developing minds. (Sounds like another great post topic…for another time…okay focus)
We have all been deluded into thinking and believing that we are able to work on more than one task at a time. But being “busy” is the illusion of being “productive”. Checking things off the “checklist” is somewhat gratifying (ok it darn near elicits a euphoric high), but this article is to help you STOP… and consider what makes it on to your list of essential things to do. This is a vital step to begin to re-evaluate priorities in life and the path to doing more meaningful work in your career as well as in your personal life. Taking this path will help to lead a more fulfilling and less stressful life.
Thanks for reading and sharing. Remember to NEVER STOP LEARNING! Have a great day and do great things!
“It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world.”