Succeed – Day 10 – Time to bust the myth of multi-tasking
We hammered home the destructive nature of distraction on day 6, but it merits more close attention today.
Let’s discuss why you should NEVER attempt multi-tasking, even if you consider yourself a pro! (Especially then actually)
Multi-tasking is a myth!!
It’s impossible to Multi-Task. Your brain literally cannot focus on more than one thing at a time.
Sure you can juggle, you can switch back and forth fast between tasks, and that’s what is actually happening when we ‘think’ we are ‘multi-tasking’.
But you literally cannot focus your attention completely on more than one thing at the same time.
“Juggling is an illusion… In reality, the balls are being independently caught and thrown in rapid succession… It is actually task switching. Multi-tasking is a lie” – Gary Keller
“Okay, so what?”, some will say, “So it’s a lie, big deal…it’s still a valuable skill to be able to juggle many tasks right?”
Perhaps it is, but it’s not even a 100th as valuable as the skill of being able to FOCUS COMPLETELY on ONE Thing.
Gary Keller researched this extensively for his book ‘The ONE Thing’ and he said, “Task switching exacts a cost few realize they are even paying.”
The big problem with switching tasks and ‘attempting’ to multi-task is that you LOSE huge amounts of energy and efficiency.
If you are trying to multi-task you are actually just introducing self-inflicted DISTRACTION and you are destroying your own dreams.
Why am I stating this so extreme?
When you think you are multi-tasking you are really just switching your focus back and forth many times between two things.
The result of this is NEVER as powerful as continued focus.
Starting a fire with a magnifying glass requires a FOCUSED beam of light on ONE area until the heat creates a fire.
If you try to start two fires simultaneously with the same magnifying glass, you’ll never get any one spot hot enough to ignite a fire, because the switching keeps losing the heat energy required for fire to start.
Success and achievement in life are EXACTLY like this.
You can try to convince yourself that you are skilled at multi-tasking, but it’s not an asset to be unfocused, it’s a liability.
A Russian proverb wisely says, “If you chase two rabbits you will not catch either one”
And the ancient philosopher Publilius Syrus said: “To do two things at once is to do neither.”
The true asset you are building this month is the habit of Focus on ONE Priority. This asset you are creating is a highly valuable character trait.
“True character is the ability to stay focused on your goals long after the mood in which they were created has passed.” – Boyd Matheson
Trying to do two things at the same time is impossible and will only lead to less than optimal outcomes.
It also leads to stress, anxiety, and uneasiness.
There is a certain peace and calm that can only be found in focus.
So give away the multi-tasking lie and start seeing yourself as a MASTER FOCUSER…
…this is the only way to achieve all your dreams, and feel amazing about it all today!
You can do it – I believe in you.
Norman Vincent Peale said: “Don’t try to do everything at once, that is why time is spread out. Heed that wise advice from the Bible, ‘This one thing I do.’
Focus on your one priority.
Make Today Amazing!