Perhaps he’s right. He suggests closing the tabs down to one, turning off Facebook, Chat and more. Turning off the cell phone unless you’ve got a child in school or away.
As I’m writing this, I have five tabs open on the PC, the laptop on, television news on, my cell phone charging next to me, and a book right beside me that has a chapter that must be read tonight. And I constantly have Notepad and Photoshop open to get ready for the next project.
Maybe that’s why I post a status like this one from last night:
I have three articles to write, a chapter of theology to read before Sunday and a logo to design. None of that is likely to happen tonight.
I’ve read that the experts say there’s no real “multi-tasking.” But I’m not sure I’m wired to work any other way. Even when I’m on vacation, it takes a couple of days to wind down to where I can actually focus on just one thing – like the beach – at a time without making lists or checking email, etc.
I spent eight years in Washington, DC working as a meeting and event planner. That was in the days before cell phones (we finally got the bricks to carry around), and before the Internet. But I still had half a dozen projects going at once. It was the way I operated.
Then again I did get fired from that job…twice. The reality there is that both times were political and justiced eventually was served. But that’s another story.
So I wonder if the advice to put away the distractions is what I need.
I’ll get right on that…as soon as I check my email.