In our busy world most of us seem to be addicted to multi-tasking. But isn't it interesting to see how little we actually accomplish when we multi-task?
We multi-task while using our iPhone, switching back and forth between apps.
We multi-task while having conversations with others.
We multi-task while at work by finding something more busy to do that's far less important and requires less emotional labor.
Multi-tasking = Distractions.
Most of our day is often spent on distractions rather than productive work.
We leave the browser open on our email so we can check and respond to the messages we receive as soon as we get them.
We leave the notifications settings on, on our devices, to make sure we view how many people liked our post in the past hour.
We answer every call, find paper work to do, clean out the purse, go grab another cup of coffee, get back to our real work--but only for about 10-20 minutes, then find some other mundane activity just to make sure we don't forget to do it.
Multi-tasking is a form of hiding from what really matters.
When we force ourselves to focus on one thing at one time it literally requires more brain energy and focus to see it through to it's completion. This can be unsettling because you constantly feel as though there's something else that requires your attention.
But the fact is the next task doesn't truly require our attention, it merely seeks to satisfy our need to escape from doing meaningful work.
This type of resistance is our worst enemy.
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