Do Less: multitasking sucks

A wise and treasured man once gave me some advice about multitasking.

Ron Swanson Parks & Recreation “never half ass two things, whole ass one thing”
Look, if you don’t treasure Ron Swanson, you’re wrong.

Think about this clearly for a minute.

Obviously, we’re all busy. Some of us have incredibly successful blog/podcast brands to run. Some of us have to set aside time to lie to people about the success of their blog/podcast brand.

Others are, apparently, grown-ups who have proper jobs and responsibilities. HMU I have questions for you.

Everyone has a lot going on, and more stuff popping up every day. But at the same time, we’re all just one person. We’ve got one brain, one body, and no magical powers (sorry, Potterheads)

Merlin The Sword in the Stone magic tidying books
There is clearly no system to this packing, it’s just magical chaos. D-

I’m not saying you can only do one thing at a time. But the culture of being constantly productive, spinning multiple plates and having countless projects on the go is not only pointless, it’s dangerous.

The emphasis shouldn’t be on getting the most done. Put your own emphasis on getting the best done.

Whole-ass one thing.

If you’re spreading yourself too thin, you’ll overstretch sooner than you think. You’ll wear yourself out, get over stressed, and start resenting what you’re doing in the first place.

Not to mention, your work will suffer. Whoever you are, balls will be dropped and details will be missed.

Man typing on a laptop with a black screen
This guy is so overloaded he hasn’t realised his computer died 20 minutes ago

The most important thing – and I know what you people are like, so don’t even try me here – is to not feel guilty about being focussed.

We are constantly bombarded by events, activities, and things people need from us.

All that on top of what we need to be doing for ourselves.

One of the hardest things we have to teach ourselves is how to prioritise correctly. What is most urgent, who needs my help more, how long will this take me? It’s difficult to do, but it will be so much better for everyone than a fragmented, delayed approach.

And if anybody complains, ask them how many other things they need to be doing with their time.

Then just ignore them and keep on doing you. You are a rock, you are an island, you are the picture of focus.

You’re probably also hungry, go have some lunch.

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