How to Do One Thing at a Time
I needed to re-read this post from the archives today — and I’m glad I did. Maybe you’ll benefit from a quick perusal too!
The piece below originally appeared in this month’s Creative Times newsletter.
In our do-it-all-now culture, multitasking is considered a skill. Just look at a few help wanted ads online — most job descriptions call for candidates who are able to “multitask.”
But we know from research that multitasking is actually unnatural and inefficient. “Do two or more things simultaneously, and you’ll do none at full capacity.”
Multitasking is the antithesis of the concept of “flow” or “being in the zone,” as identified by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. We want flow. It’s an essential part of creativity. Can you be creative when you’re unfocused and distracted? Sure. But the output probably won’t be as great — or feel as good — as what you get when you experience flow.
While it may be a lot to expect to enter flow on a daily basis, it’s not too much to develop work…
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Interesting post. I needed to read this because I’m always in multitask mode, but getting very few projects at 100% complete