Beware the multitasking trap

January 30, 2008

Beware – Mind Bomb ahead!

The Autumn of the Multitaskers

Neuroscience is confirming what we all suspect: Multitasking is dumbing us down and driving us crazy. One man’s odyssey through the nightmare of infinite connectivity. […] We concentrate on the act of concentration at the expense of whatever it is that we’re supposed to be concentrating on.

This very interesting article goes a long way to explaining what we all secretly know – less really is more. Less interruptions, less email, less instant messaging, less podcasts, take all these away and just be mindful of the present. The now. The person, task or job in front of you. Do these one at a time and you will be more efficient for it.

One at a time, serial processing is now my personal productivity goal for 2008. For too long have I tried to do way too many things at once and deep down I feel drained. Stretched. Slower. This has changed since reading the article. Already I feel more competent than I have in a long while.

For me the next few days will be challenging, as I adopt my new mantra – “be mindful of the present.” I am certain this lesson has been taught by many of the great thinkers throughout the ages. Now it is my turn to take heed and benefit from this great piece of wisdom.

Today’s Tweets

January 30, 2008
  • 08:52 wondering whether I’m consulting today … #
  • 09:50 Mac peeps : how could I best set up a client to VPN into a Win2K3 Terminal Server from a new MacBook (Presumably on Leopard)? #
  • 10:24 Hmm. + or ?? #
  • 10:43 heading into the city to be a consultant for an hour or two. #
  • 11:17 been on the train for 3 minutes and already my shirt is soaking. stoopid cityrail. #
  • 11:31 this is my first visit to this referred client. the referrer was going to be there but is late due to a crisis somewhere else. do I wait? #
  • 11:56 ordering a starbucks mocha java cold drink thingy. waiting for my referrer before seeing client. #
  • 12:01 I’ll be sitting in the ASX if anyone needs me. #
  • 12:13 @mpesce the boards are just too high for me to hold the stocks up 😦 #
  • 12:18 @agronaught sorry to hear the interview wasn’t as good as it could be. #
  • 12:28 showtime! time to do some good – catch you all later… err, scratch that. another 30 min delay. #
  • 12:35 google maps mobile seems to have become much more accurate – at least here in the CBD. It is now pinpointing me quite well. without gps too. #
  • 13:40 waiting in the lobby for my contact before seeing new client. at least there’s air-con 🙂 #
  • 13:56 @tog where are you now? be mindful of the present young paduan. #
  • 14:52 so – new macbook that had never had software update run. was a virgin 10.5 install #
  • 14:58 after apple’s updates comes office 2004 install, then VPN and Windows remote desktop. #
  • 16:16 grr … it worked first time but as soon as the user tries. praise murphy! #
  • 16:30 phew … all fixed and client leaves for brisbane now. #
  • 16:47 tonight’s job is to re-do our scouts website. I was also going to use WordPress as a CMS with a magazine style template. will link later. #
  • 22:32 @andrewsayer you can use the ‘Resurrect Pages’ plugin on FireFox for a variety of easy caches #
  • 22:47 watching the Royal Rumble … one of two WWE shows I watch still per year. The rest is TNA baby, where the real action is at! #

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