Why Are We Still Multi-Tasking?

As many of you know, my boyfriend and I recently got a puppy named Homer. And of course, both of us having been multi-multi-tasking more than ever. What’s more, I have been lagging behind with my blog post, fb page, etc. So today, I wanted to make sure that I would not only brainstorming a topic to write about, but actually write it. The best topic I came up with was multi-tasking. 

In today’s society multi-tasking is seen as an essential skill in any profession. It is often seen in job requirements, in resumes, and it’s something that some even brag about. It somehow shows how much a person is “worth”.

However, there is an abundant number of studies, articles, etc that specifically say that multi-tasking divides our attention and interrupts our brains, which essentially hurts us physically and mentally. So why the heck are we still valuing multi-tasking so much? 

Personally speaking, I’ve always performed badly when I have had to multitask. And I honestly have felt ashamed about my lack of skill. The people that know me well, know that I am easily distracted. For example, when Sean needs to inform me of something important, he literally tells me, “stop what you’re doing and just listen”. That’s how bad I am. 

I am aware of my “weakness”, so when I have a significant job that I need to get done, I need to really put everything down and focus on that thing. Otherwise, my work will be mediocre at best. So, I wanted to share some tips I’ve learned over the years that have helped stay focused. 

  • When someone is talking to you, listen to them carefully. Stop thinking about your to-do list or what you want to do later.

  • Check your emails twice a day. This one is extremely hard for me to follow, because I am the kind of person that wants to reply to emails immediately and I expect the same from others. 

  • When eating breakfast, lunch, dinner, whatever, put your phone on silent. Even if you’re eating alone, enjoy your meal. Don’t check instagram, FB, or emails.

  • Create a to-do list but do it strategically. Don’t move to the next item on the list until you actually finish that task. Apparently, most of us, find it rewarding crossing out items on our to-do list, so we tend to do the easiest tasks first and then move to the harder tasks. That’s why to-do lists need to be strategically made. 

I have found that multi-tasking often appears when technology is involved (my phone is the main culprit). And I am going to be presumptuous, but I believe this is most of us nowadays. It is ironic that technology was meant to make our lives more productive, but somehow it has done the complete opposite, thanks to social media. 

So let’s put our phones down and start focusing on one thing at a time! What are some methods you use in order to single-task?