Try doing two things at once. Doesn’t have to be complicated – could be cooking a meal while listening to news, could be reading newspaper while talking on the phone, could be typing something important while someone is talking loud in the next room …
We all createthousands of duo-tasking examples – and become so comfortable with doing many things at once. ‘Multi-tasking’ permeates our language without a ripple of concern; indeed many employers and customers would be dismayed if we said ‘I can’t multi-task’. We do multi-task. In so doing we ‘fail to be 100%’ at many things all at the same time …
Next time you see your sports heroes indying moments of a game, moments before the buzzer or rowing or running like crazed animals to finish line, ask yourself, “how well they are multi-tasking?”
Multi-tasking and focused committed excellence are not alike – they areopposites.
Excellence in any one thing, however swiftly we complete it, requires our focus. Focus, complete, move on. Focus, complete, move on. Focus, complete, move on.
Excellence is single-tasking with intensity and focus, excellence is not a blend or brew or stew – it is purity of intent, purpose and execution.
Every time we do something fantastic, memorable and worthy of bragging rights, we were single-tasking. Every time we do something poorly, forgettable and sub-par, we were multi-tasking.
Next time we pick up a file, the phone or ‘the pieces’ of anything – we ensure ‘less than our best’ if we are multi-tasking, every time.
Athletes in training work-out six to eight hours every day.
When you go to work, what are you in training for?