The Big, Fat Lie about Multi-Tasking

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Too Much to Do

Do you find yourself overwhelmed, as I do?  It seems my plate gets bigger but my appetite stays the same.  Meaning I have more to do, but the same amount of time to do it in.  I often wonder what it would be like to have just three more hours a day.  This is just a guess – but I think I would overfill those, as well.


We live and work in a time when we can easily over-commit, over-do, over-say, and thus, become overwhelmed.  I love all that I get to do on a daily basis, but I have to say that I am glad for that small break when one project ends and before another starts. It is that breather we all need – the nap we crave (not literally – but wouldn’t that be nice?), and the view from the top of the mountain we just climbed.  Whew.  Until the next mountain looms, which is always twice the size.

Here’s the thing about climbing mountains, we learn more with each ascent.  There have been times when I stood at the foot and declared that it is too high, too steep and that I will never make it, let alone even know how to begin.  And that’s when the growth happens. But it never feels that way, at first. Never. 

The Big, Fat Lie

Then, there is that big, fat lie which states that multi-tasking is a possibility.  I suppose some can, and some do – I am one of those who sometimes, mistakenly believes that she can.  I cannot. Focus requires one to zoom in and really refine the picture, view it with the utmost clarity – you cannot focus on two or three pictures at once.

“Our thoughts create our reality —
where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go.”
-Peter McWilliams

Avoid Being Splintered

How many different directions do you think you can go?  I can only go one.  We can only go one.  Learn to focus and single-task in individual moments, keeping your direction singular, so you are not splintered. When you look away to see another task, you lose sight of the current task and then attempting to regain focus only slows you down and gives you blurry vision. How can you aim, when you vision is blurred?  You cannot.

Step away from multi-tasking.

Learn to single task and get more done, in less time.  Constantly diverting attention not only messes up your vision, but slows you down and can cause you to lose your purpose…

I have heard this many times and firmly believe it about multi-tasking:  “Screwing everything up simultaneously.”

And who has time for that?  Nobody.


by Rayanne Thorn

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  1. One word-checklists. I use them myself but people I know who are checklist evangelists seem to be among the most organized folks.


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