Multitasking – a daily conundrum

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.



One thought on “Multitasking – a daily conundrum

  1. Multi tasking is a popular term in a work context, and addressing multiple tasks at the same time may well be an expectation. It is however potentially inefficient, and can be very dangerous.

    In our work life, multi-tasking can be productive in an environment where attention to detail is not a factor, but to spread ones thought processes over multiple responsibilities is likely to create oversights and errors. As the employee ages, the likelihood of errors and oversights will increase.

    In our personal life, if we allow ourselves to get into the “multi-tasking” mode, then not only do the inefficiencies affect our family and friends… but can be catastrophic in some circumstances. Driving any vehicle, given that you have no control over the other vehicles and people around you, can be fatal as a result of multi-tasking. You cannot possibly be focused on the movement around you; the road ahead of you, and the cell phone screen!

    If multi-tasking is an expectation of ones employer, then the employer must accept the shortcomings may come with that expectation. If we multi-task in our personal lives, then we must accept the same responsibilities and, as so many people have already learned, that can be disastrous for their future!


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