I tried multitasking. Really, I did. I focused my full attention on it, to the exclusion of all other things. Yet even that couldn’t make it work.
Multitasking might be right for some people. It might work in some circumstances. I’m not entirely incapable of multitasking. I can listen to music while I drive my car. I can engage in conversation over dinner.
But I cannot answer your questions while cooking. Try to talk to me when I’m holding a sharp knife and a pan of boiling water, and you’ll be sorry, I guarantee it.
The same is true of most of what I do.
I cannot tolerate noise while I am working. Except white noise. White noise boosts concentration, and I listen to the sound of rainfall whenever I work. It’s always stormy in my office, whatever the weather outside.
I cannot tweet while watching television.
I cannot read my email while you look over my shoulder.
I cannot brush my teeth while singing the national anthem, and I cannot go to a yoga class and retain any sense of dignity.
There are many, many combinations of things that I cannot do at the same time. Most things, in fact.
I don’t think I am alone. A recent study claims that multitasking turns you into a moron. I’m not sure if I fully agree with that. I can’t even think about it properly right now, as I am busy writing a blog article. Ask me later.
So for me, multitasking is dead. I am not a multitasker. I never will be.
Henceforth, I resolve to be a singletasker. I will do one thing, and I will do it right.
If you have any suggestions what that one thing should be, please leave a comment below.