..at a time. Can you do it?
Today I tried to
- do abs
- listen to a webinar
- take a shower, get dressed and all the rest
- prepare my lunch and snack for work (ok, it’s only an apple so not a big deal)
And I tired to do it all mainly by doing two things at a time.
Let me tell you: I’m not a multitasker. My lunch finished on my clothes, I didn’t get much of the webinar and I left home stressed. I don’t know how other people do it (multitasking) and to be honest I highly doubt they do
Later in a day I found that article:
And it made me think about how I approach life and everyday routine.
I try to do more than one thing at a time and according to this article it just doesn’t work. One goal, one desire in each field can help you to streamline your energy into one direction. Sometimes your goal can be so important that it will define other goals or even eliminate them. For example if you want to start your own firm you must probably downsize your expenses and spend more time on the new project. No dining out, new clothes, holidays or procrastinating: new business is your main thing.
I thought why we or I tend to put so much on our plate. Maybe we’re not committed enough to choose only one important project? Or maybe one goal is so intimidating and we need something else to keep us sane (or distracted)? Or maybe..just maybe..we’re afraid of failure so we engage in million different things hoping that at least one of them will work and we won’t see ourselves as a complete failure?
Another possibility is that we’re so accustomed to doing more than one thing and having a single goal is so close to being obsessed with something. Our society love obsessed people: the geniuses that create amazing things. We love to read about them, we love to buy things they’ve created, we go to see movies made about their lives. But we don’t want to be obsessed weirdos, that’s a hard life.
Doing one thing is scary perspective to me. Some of the things suggested in this article scare me! Going for a workout without music? Turning on the ‘don’t disturb mode’ in your phone for the whole day? Damn, that’s extreme.
But I’d like to practise single goal approach. Running, work, life.
Freedom is secured not by the fulfilling of men’s desires, but by the removal of desire.” (Epictetus)
Are you a single goal type of person?
What are your goals at the moment?