Although I’m a genius at multi-tasking and it always seems as if I’m doing a lot, not much gets done and I’m always tired at the end of the day. People who know me always ask why I am so busy? I never know what to say. My answer is always the same, I have a lot to do and a lot going on, what? I now realized it’s because I’m not getting anything done, which is why there’s so much going on. Nothing is being finalized and concrete. I half ass a project then leave it on weak legs and move on to the next. Before long I need to come back to it because it’s no good or it’s falling apart. I now know first hand that multi-tasking is building on weak foundations, and some of us, like myself, have built skyscrapers on quick sand.
The lab wheel:
I am so busy all the time and the damn time passes by so quickly. I always thought where did the time go why is it in so much God damn hurry and where the hell is it in a hurry going. I digress, my apologies. I always take some time to look at what I have accomplished at the end of each day. I am always frustrated because it’s never seem like I’ve done much. I feel like a test lab mouse on a wheel running as fast as I can but not moving, and at the end I’m drained. How can this happen and what’s the root cause of such a nowhere cycle? I feel like screaming out loud: what the hell is this and how I can now turn this 30-year-old habit around? Yes, it’s been with me that long. That’s how my skyscrapers got built. I’ve been a wheel spinner for thirty damn years now and I’m tired of it, very tired. I wanted to ask if I’m the only one that feels stuck in this gutter, trying to be the genius of everything and now finding out that your multi machine only leads you to be experiencing the wheel of nowhere. The layman on this is “vicious cycle” for you newbie’s.
I needed to fix this lab mouse bullshit, so I decided to do some research. I went to my library (google) and pulled up a ton load of info on the topic. It seems everyone is a damn genius on this crap, or my librarian googlers are lying to me. Anyways, I came across someone who stands out to me, Sander A. Flaum. I quoted him in my first piece on singular and multi focus people and I am going to do it again because he made sense to me. According to Sander: Multitasking gained momentum in the early 1900s when academics conducted time-motion studies of manual laborers. The studies showed that doing more than one thing at a time boosted productivity and reduced fatigue. Today their theory is costing us big time, as the angst-driven compulsion to do two or ten things at once has entered what economists might call the “diminishing law of return” phase.
The New York Times recently reported that business-research firm Basex estimates the American economy loses $650 billion dollars a year to the cost of interruptions and recovery time in the workplace. I guess i’m not the only one building skyscrapers on quick sand. I don’t feel as lonely anymore.
The Solution or you may call it The Winning Effect: which some of us need to learn.
A winning example of the benefit of singular focus is Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. Phelps became an Olympic swimming legend, winning an unprecedented eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games. His focus for each event was perfectly fixed on improving his time and outmanoeuvring the competition. It’s a simple strategy, but not easy to do. Focus on one thing and execute it exquisitely. That’s the Phelps’ way and that’s also the proven way to guarantee performance and maintain your leadership position.
So, taking a cue from Phelps, where should you place your unbridled focus today? What’s on your to-do list right now? You have an opportunity to reach for a new personal best as of today. Will you go for it? I know I will. Even though it’s a tough habit to break, you must go for it if you want to achieve some level of success. Studies are also showing that multi-tasking is not only costing companies to lose money, it’s also causing major stress to employees in the work place and they’re taking it home to their families. Studies are also showing that it leads to low self-esteem, low confidence and depression, because of the lack of results in multi-tasking. Employers are pressuring employees to do more and more each day but getting less result, and people need to see results from their efforts to feel good and proud about what they’re doing.
I will go deeper in this in the coming weeks, on what you can do to help break the lab wheel habit and be more productive, see more results and feel some satisfaction from your hard work.
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