The ability to effectively multitask seems to be all the rage these days, however my husband brought up a great point last week. We are not designed for multitasking. As our society has become preoccupied with productivity and efficiency, we have lost the ability to be devoted to and engaged with one task at a time. Often times, losing our effectiveness. As moms I believe we often struggle with this the most; I sure
Multitasking is defined as “the handling of more than one task at the same time by a single person”. We often want more, so we feel we have to do more…seemingly all at the same time. So, what does this look like on a daily basis?
● Emailing your child’s teacher about parent/teacher conference while on a conference call for work
● Checking email while at your child’s soccer practice
● Texting your co-worker, while at a stoplight, about tomorrow’s meeting
● Planning the week’s grocery list in your mind while checking voicemail
● Rehearsing your sales pitch in your mind while your child reads to you
It’s so unfortunate that we find it so hard to be in the moment. As a matter of fact, I am writing this post as Junior plays at the playground, while waiting for Kid Flash, who is across the parking lot at soccer practice (thus the constant references to soccer).
Our minds are so crowded with and distracted by impending assignments that we don’t know where to begin half the time. We don’t know whether we’re coming or going. So, we run around like chickens with our heads cut off, scrambling from one task to another.
A recent (Oct. 2014) Forbes article cites that “Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully.” Click here to read the full article.
Imagine a world where we didn’t feel the pressure to get everything done all at once…and get it done yesterday. Is everything that we’re rushing to do really that important or urgent? Each of us has to make that determination on our own. Just think, having a “one track mind” might not be so bad.
Until next time-
“Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 4:6 NIV)