Multi-tasking creates more chaos - This is ONE THING I know for sure!

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Multi-tasking creates more chaos - This is ONE THING I know for sure!


The One Thing Challenge has been an interesting one for me and many others here on ActiveRain! I read chapter 5 about multi-tasking and immediately knew my thoughts about how it works or rather doesn't work for me. I also read chapter 7 about the authors thoughts on willpower and many others thoughts as well as various studies on willpower - of which my perspective and experience is vastly different - more on that one later!  Both chapters brought back memories of being back in college working on a thesis and going through study after study attempting to create a new mind boggling paper with awesome results.


Focus PowerMulti-tasking is a waste of time. It simply is!  I have been teaching this for many years and it astounds me that there are so many people - and even more so in today's online, fast-paced world that just don't get that multi-tasking creates less not more.  The younger the age the more I see them attempt to multi-task and defend their position or say to me - your so old-fashioned! Which is really not the issue! 


When I'm teaching a CE class some students are using their iphone, ipads etc - and time after time I encourage them to Be Here Now and why that is so important. If they're taking notes that's fine by me (I do the same thing) but if they're texting, reading emails or going online that has to end. I've a fun little game that I play with them to show them what happens when they 'focus' their minds.  It usually blows them away when the begin to see the power of focus and the energy it creates. It's quite fun to see the lights come on in their eyes, faces and smiles!


Here's what I know to be true about multi-tasking.  If one is working on a project and stays involved and engaged it doesn't take use up as much time and focus to finish the task at hand. In fact it is usually quite invigorating and exciting and makes one feel great! On the other hand if one is continually interrupted by phone calls, texts or other social media messages (and we all know this is going on all day long) by the time one goes back to the project they have to remember where they left off and perhaps won't remember most of what they had been working on. Of course this will force them to use up a lot more time and energy to finally finish the task - if they even finish it. And from that point some people will start with the negative self-talk.  They start asking themselves how could they 'not have gotten that done' and the spiral down that long journey begins. Why they're not successful, why this, why that, blah blah blah and the cycle goes on and on and on. Enough already I say! Approach it differently and have more fun!


To end on a positive note - if you're a multi-tasker I challenge you to take a few hours every morning and work on one project or task at a time. Turn off your pbone, your email etc and stay 100% focused.  100% focused no matter what - on the project at - hand in the moment.  I guarantee that you will discover a real difference in both your accomplished tasks getting done 'effortlessly' plus your energy and attitude will be more excited and enthusiastic. It really does work that way! 


Have fun with experimenting with staying 100% focused and let me know how it goes for you!



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Charita Cadenhead
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
Keller Williams Realty

Anna I could have sworn I had given you the 'Tude of the Day.  Glad I came back to check.

April 30, 2013 12:49 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten
Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe

Belinda it takes using the right tools for each situation....and turning a lot of things off is a good thing at times.

Kathy your Mom and mine sound very similar!  And living in the now moment is so relaxing, isn't it!

Hella - I'm not a fan of being available 24/7.  I find that crazy to think people can call me really late about something they could have easily picked up the phone during reasonable business hours.

Wayne - indeed it is.

Lynda - I had a couple of agents that 'thought' it was fine to meet with the broker and have their phones going off constantly.   Teaching moments come at various times!  Clients would hate that.  I sure would if a salesperson kept focusing on his/her texts, emails etc.  When I am with a client they are my focus...right then and right there.

Paula - we had such fun meeting you and Mark!  You are exactly as you are on AR......and way FUN!!!!  Love you too!!

Ed - exactly.  Takes a lot of time to recover and wrap a brain back around something dropped in a second.

Cara - let the lease go!  You'll be amazed how much it works (in all of life) by not being a slave to all this stuff.

Debbie - that is the key.  Start and continue doing for at least 21 days and the results will start showing up.

Charita - one focus point at a time get it done so much faster.  And yes we do juggle many files and situations at a time. Having a working system in place - and following it consistently makes all the difference in the world.  Thanks for the Tude alert!!

April 30, 2013 02:29 PM
Charles Stallions
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services

Exactly Anna, folks waste so much time trying to do several thing and wind up getting nothing

April 30, 2013 08:13 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Lets shake things up at your home today!
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092

You hit the nail on the head Miss Banana.  Multi-tasking certainly does create more chaos.  Focus and prioritizing are the name of the game.

May 01, 2013 02:33 AM
Bob Crane
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
Woodland Management Service

Hi Anna, I am a lifelong multitasker and as I get older and the number of tasks increases it is getting more difficult, after this challenge, I am going to start decreasing the number of tasks that I try to concentrate on.

May 02, 2013 10:53 PM

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