Do You Believe in Multi-Tasking?
By: Ginger Hanson
Are you a believer in multi-tasking? Do you consider yourself a wizard at it? I would have put myself in that category not so very long ago. However, I’ve realized, for myself, that what I’m really doing is quickly switching my focus from one task to the next.
I will speak for myself when I say that it’s impossible to focus on more than one thing at once. It’s possible to do more than one thing at a time, but I believe it’s not possible to focus on more than one thing at a time. That’s the very definition of full attention though, right? You can only give your full attention to one thing. You can be in a meeting discussing one topic and be trying to email others regarding a separate topic, but you can’t fully focus on both at the same time. Have you ever tried doing that and then someone in the meeting asks a question directly at you and you ask to have the question repeated? Guilty. Surely, I’m not the only one?
I like to compare it to visual focus. It’s literally impossible to focus your eyesight on more than one thing. You can focus on one thing and see a million other things in your peripherals, but you can’t also focus on them. Have you ever tried to focus on someone’s eyes? Both eyes? Impossible! Multi-tasking is the same.
If you’re interested in more, this is a great article to read (short read). But I’m curious, are you a believer in multi-tasking or consider it rapid task-switching?