Last Sunday on CBS Sunday Morning (I love that show) there was an opinion piece on multitasking. It was by Faith Salie and was called “Multitasking Good, Bad At Same Time.” She said that research has shown that multitasking makes us more stressed and less efficient. That it compromises our creativity and our human interactions. She also said that it has changed our brains so that even after we have stopped doing five things at once, we are still unfocused. She claims that our brains have been rewired to crave multiple stimulations.
One thing I do to avoid multitasking is making to do lists for work and for at home. Jay laughs at me when I put things like “take a shower” on my list, but if I do not write everything down I can not prioritize everything. Staying clean is very important to me.
There are things that end up staying on my to do list for a long time. If they have been on the list for a while and no one seems to be missing it, I do not do it. If someone asks for it again, then I will do it.
Another thing I do is trying to complete any big projects in the morning. I know morning is my best time so this applies to everything from creating a presentation at work to cleaning out a closet at home.
Doing too many things at once means that nothing gets done well and sometimes that nothing gets completed at all. Doing one thing at a time and doing it well means you are focused on the moment. That seems like living simply to me.
I guess I should not have been eating my lunch while I was writing this post.