Multitasking is an ability to work on different projects simultaneously. We see it every day around us and sometimes we are part of it too. Take for example, the teenager listening to songs while driving his bike, an office-goer having conversation on phone while driving his car or a mother trying to complete all the morning chores while getting her kids ready and reach office on time. We convince ourselves that by doing two or more things at once, we will accomplish more and have some free time or more time to do other things.
But does this really happen. Are our brains that much charged or active to make it possible. Are we capable of keeping them that way continuously. For me as well any other forgetful person whose brain has developed the ability to poof important ongoing things from the mind, the answer should be a resounding NO.
The pressure to complete things quickly can have minor or major consequences of which there is no need to give example. From a mother’s point of view, with kids around, our focus cannot be divided into ten different directions. This is something that needs constant everyday, every hour reminding because it is very easy to fall into a habit of multitasking. What follows is a distracted, unfocused mind and frustration because we have multiple incomplete work pending. Which follows doubts on our competency and guilt that we couldn’t accomplish more.
I recently read in a blog that doing single thing at a time with full focus is a losing art. I believe it should be an intentional choice everytime we start falling in the habit of multitasking, so much so that single-tasking becomes a habit.
Any thoughts would be welcome.