One at a Time

I’m not a good multi-tasker.

I write song lyrics when I’m listening to music and writing at the same time. I read sentences 10 times over when I’m listening to television and reading a book. And I burn things when I’m on my phone and cooking.

Studies show no one is a good multi-tasker. Because we’re not really doing two things at once. We’re doing one thing and the other thing is taking a backseat.

Which is why my advice today is that you should, whenever possible, try to focus on one problem, task, thing at a time.

Take me for instance. I am currently writing my first novel. I am not, also, learning to juggle while I do it (although novel writing is a juggling act in its own rite.)

And neither should you. I mean, do two things at one time. You can learn to juggle if you want.

Especially during quarantine, try to minimize your multi-tasking. I know it’s tempting, especially if you’re working from home and home-schooling your kids all at the same time. But trust me, your kids will thank you later if you step away from the laptop, get them started with what they need to do, and then go back to what you were doing. And your brain will thank you too.

So try less multi and more only. There will be time for you to try other things, like juggling, when all of this goes back to normal. I promise.






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