My mother will be mad when she reads this: I text while I drive.
I anticipate the wreck that will teach me the lesson I need to learn. And shouldn’t the anticipation be enough?
In other areas of my life, I seem to have wisened up about multi-tasking. I’m not good at it. You’re not either, and studies prove it.
For the last few months, I’ve been in transition, moving to another state. I searched for and found a new house, renovated it, scrubbed it clean, and moved into it on Friday. That big personal “To Do”, along with a couple of important clients we were trying to wow, kept me occupied. I was unable to even think of other tasks that I would normally be so satisfied in doing – like responding to friends who wish me a Happy 40th, answering emails from fellow sabbatical advocates, and writing blogs. I knew that these would have to wait, because I could only concentrate on one or two things at a time. And if I’m forced into doing too many tasks at once, I’m not doing them well. I seem to recall being told that women are better at multi-tasking than men. Maybe so, but “better” isn’t good enough.
Perhaps the most important realization I’ve had about the pitfalls of multi-tasking is that thinking is also a task that needs priority. When I’m punching out a to-do list all day long, I’m not allowing time for creative thought and meaningful reflection. For me, my best thinking comes when I am doing nothing other than looking at water, watching a bird, walking in my neighborhood, or writing in my journal.
I believe “thinking” is important enough that we shouldn’t just combine it with other to-dos. What do you think? When do you think?