The Myth of Multitasking
I know I do these things all the time. In the beginning I wanted to be more efficient, make the most of my time. These days however, I’m honestly not as sure. I have noticed that my attention span has gotten awfully short, so even when I try to focus on just one thing, I find it incredibly difficult. Even while watching a movie that I’d been wanting to watch, after a couple of minutes I start itching for my phone to text someone, use Twitter or play a game. Or I reach for my laptop and look at Pinterest.
It’s even worse when I’m with friends. I try very hard to leave my phone alone, when I’m with friends, but it is a struggle. I wouldn’t even say it is a need to be connected at all times, as much as it is a need to feel “on”, and to feel productive. Instead of enjoying comfortable moments of silence with a friend, we, I, often try to fill every moment with *something*.
But at the end of the day, I don’t feel like I have accomplished a lot of things. Sure, I have done a lot. A lot of “busy-work”. But at the end of the day, how many things you’ve pinned on Pinterest or that extra tweet will not make a difference. I want to write things, do things, create things. Things that will make a difference. In my life, and in the life of other people. And that’s not through busy-work.
I feel exhausted. There are so many things I want to do, things I want to read, things I want to write and things I want to share. But I can’t do it all. I can’t be it all. Busy-work will leave you exhausted at the end of day, and already dreading the next – at least in my experience. You never quite catch up, because no matter how fast you run there’ll always be more of it.
So you need to step off the wheel of busy-work, and start doing the things that really matter to you.
And when it is time for a break? Take a real break. Focus on watching your movie, reading your book or hanging out with your friends. Just be there, enjoy the moment. Relax.
Do you multitask? What do you think about multitasking, does it make you less productive or more productive? How do you take time out to relax and focus on the work that matters to you?