In the pursuit of productivity, humans have developed the “skill” of multitasking. It is revered as a desirable quality, with people boasting of their multitasking abilities, claiming they can handle two or more tasks at the same time. What they’re really saying is: I have the ability to split my focus two or more ways and achieve nothing as a result.
Multitasking is a Myth
“To do two things at once is to do nothing at all” – Publilius Syrus
Multitasking is a myth, and a convincing one at that. In the interest of getting more done in less time, we think we must do more at one time. This mental attitude is a breeding ground for mediocrity and failure. In fact, this is one of the leading causes of failure – the inability to focus – and what’s worse is this is a socially acceptable and even encouraged behavior.
Multitasking Splits Focus
“Multitasking is merely the opportunity to screw up more than one thing at a time.” – Steve Uzzell
Multitasking splits your focus so that instead of getting more done, which is the intention motivating the act, you’re actually doing a poor job at both tasks and taking longer to complete each. While it is true that humans can do two or more things at once – walk, talk, breath, etc. – we can’t, with our conscious mind, focus on more than one thing at once. In the modern age, we find ourselves with a lot to do, and not always enough time to do it in, which is perhaps what makes the idea of multitasking so attractive.
The conscious mind can focus on one thing at a time, so why not utilize this natural capability? By focusing on one thing with all of your attention, you will complete the project efficiently and get extraordinary results, rather than ordinary results. You will get more done, in less time, and have a more enjoyable experience doing so.
Master Your Focus, Master Your Self
Zen monks and other high individuals give all of their attention to the task at hand. If they are eating a bowl of rice, they focus on each mouthful, the joy of chewing the food and the taste that comes from it. Should they be washing dishes, they focus the whole of their attention on the way the water feels as it flows over their hands, the texture and bubbles of the soap, and the motion of cleaning the dish. They make every action a perfect action by giving their entire focus to what it is they are experiencing right now, making every-day experiences joyful and spiritual.
You need not be a Zen monk or have any interest in spirituality to adopt the same attitude toward all that you do. By focusing on each task with all of your attention, you will become exceptional at your work, and the benefits will be both material and emotional. You will be happier and more productive, all at the same time. Focusing in such a way is our natural way of doing things, and you will be surprised at how easy and stress-free your life will become simply by focusing on one thing at a time.
So how do you decide what task to focus on first? Focus on “the one thing” you can do right now that will, by doing it, render all other things easier or even unnecessary, and then take that concept and apply it to everything that you do. We will discuss in subsequent articles how to use this concept to achieve your goals, and tools you can use to become more productive while becoming more happy at the same time. When you master your focus, you master your self, and you take charge of your experience.
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