I read an interesting article from a blog called Personal Growth, 13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful. Number 8, Give up Multitasking, really hit home. All 13 were great, but 8, struck a cord.
It opened with this quote: “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”
Even now as I write this, I am sitting in front of two computers. TWO. I am waiting for a conference call to start and trying to see how much of a blog I can write in 3 minutes. Will it be any good? Doubtful. I’ll clean it up later.
Oh right, it’s a blog and there is no later. Not really, just another task.
I am chasing so many activities right now that I can’t keep any of them straight. I don’t really focus on any one of them, and it’s doubtful that I am learning anything really. All day I have been plagued by the sense that I had a good idea, or I am supposed to be doing something, or I am not even sure. I blame the multitasking. I have gone so far, I cannot keep track of any one thing.
I am worse than Churchill. I am not stopping for every dog that barks. I am stopping for every dog.
Perhaps it is time to invest in deep work, if not for the quality of the work, but for the preservation of my mind.