Wherever you are, be all there!
– Jim Elliot
Multitasking is a lie. Whether you are checking your email and doing other work at the same time or listening to music while doing homework, multitasking doesn’t work.
You might be thinking, “I can do two things at once just fine, I’ve done it successfully for years!” Wrong. Whatever level of productivity you thought you were attaining, you could be achieving so much more. Successful people realize this and stop trying to do more than one thing at a time.
The book The ONE Thing stresses the importance of focusing on a single task, passion, or area of study and making it the most important thing you do. When you have your one thing clearly defined, your priorities fall into place and you are more productive in the long run. When you have something that is important that you need to get done, do it. Only do that one thing, because everything else is a distraction. Create a block of time when you can focus and do Deep Work.
When you think your brain is multitasking, in reality it is rapidly switching between tasks. This divides your attention and ultimately decreases your focus and productivity, even if you think you’re working just fine.
Yes, focusing on only one thing can be hard for some people. Yes, focusing on only one thing isn’t always the most fun. Yes, focusing on only one thing will help you be more productive.
So, the next time you sit down to work, study, or pursue a passion, let that be what you give your focus to. It can determine whether your time is worthless or priceless.