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Personal development: Multi-tasking downsides (Part 2) March 18, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Goal Setting and Realization.
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By Dennis Mellersh

In a previous post on multi-tasking, I talked about a possible outcome of multi-tasking — having a big to-do list and then madly dashing from one task to another doing a little bit here and there on each and not making much progress on any of them.

Even more problematic is when we do, or attempt to do, things at the same time which actually should only be done separately, such as:

* Checking our e-mail or (worse) writing it while talking with someone on the phone
* Thinking about our upcoming vacation while “listening” to a friend tell us about a problem they are trying to solve
* Using a mobile device, such as for texting, while driving (dangerous)

More sensible simultaneous multi-tasking examples could include:

*Ironing the laundry while cooking dinner
*Highlighting sections of a report we are writing with the purpose of using the highlighted items in an upcoming e-mail synopsis of the report
* Making some notes while our friend is telling us about their problem in order to help them more effectively

Multi-tasking can work as long as don’t take it to the extreme.

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