Monday, February 14, 2011

I Tried to Multitask but It Didn't Work

According to Charles J. Abate in the article, You Say Multitasking Like It’s a Good Thing, says, “For certain kinds of behavior, brains (like microprocessors) are essentially linear devices that are incapable of performing two separate tasks simultaneously..."

Yesterday I woke up at 7:00 a.m. After church, and since I was gone for three days last week, I felt a need to get as much work done as possible.

I was well-rested and ready to work. I made a list of 10 projects to tackle. But there was a problem. Ten projects was too numerous—maybe 8 to 9 too many.

I was torn between what I wanted to do (reading, watching a movie, going for a long walk and drive, watching the Celtics/Heat game) versus what I needed do (write this blog, prepare for tomorrow’s Emergenetics workshop, and long-range planning).

With all these tasks, I tried to multitask. It didn’t work. I was overwhelmed. I lost all focus. Multitasking slowed me down so much that I didn’t accomplish much at all. If anything, I dragged out a potentially productive day.

At the end of the evening, I was left frustrated.

Leadership Lesson: To be effective, try tackling one task at a time.

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