When did we start to value multitasking so much over concentration? I’m not a recruiter but as I browse LinkedIn profiles, I haven’t seen anyone bragging with being able to singularly focus on a set task. On the other hand, being able to multitask is an advantage.
However there have been studies recently to say that
- Human brain can’t actually multitask, they just jump between tasks very quickly
- Switching from one task to another is not good for you, or your brain
I’ve been involved in personal and corporate productivity for more than a decade now and it’s discouraging to see that the way office work is organised, does not respect focusing on the task at hand. It’s often doing everything at the same time, whatever comes in, without taking the time to evaluate what is really important.
Focusing on part of the picture can be beneficial. No surprise that in science, people specialise. There is beauty in the details no matter where you look.
A couple years ago there was this recording that slowed down the song of crickets, making them sound like a choir. There was a lot of doubt whether it really was authentic but the basic idea is still fascinating: if you slow down, things are different.
Other times, we experience the advantage of putting one thing aside and deal with another one. It’s often that solutions are born this way, even if it’s as simple as a song title that you can’t remember until you start thinking about something else.
I don’t believe in extreme black or white. All shades and colours have their purpose, and focus is not unequivocally good or bad. We just need to know what situations they are the best in.
Thanks to the WordPress photo challenge for the topic. If you like my photos, check my Instagram. If you’d like to share your photos with me, let me know, I love seeing the world through other sets of eyes.
Reader question: are there any areas in your life where your undivided attention has or could be advantageous? I’d love to hear from you.