We are capable of doing two things at the same time. It is possible, for example, to do homework while listening to music or to answer an email while talking on the phone. But what becomes impossible is concentrating on two tasks at once. Multitasking forces your brain to switch back and forth very quickly from one task to another. if the human brain could transition seamlessly from one job to the next, this wouldn’t be a big deal. It wasn’t until the 1960s that anyone could even claim to be good at multitasking. Today, people wear the word like a badge of honor as if it is better to be busy with all the things than to be great at one thing.
Finding Your Anchor Task
Doing more things does not mean it will result faster or better results. Doing better things drives better results. Even more accurately, doing one thing as best leads to better results.
Mastery requires focus and consistency
You should maintain focus and concentration to get a better result. As people who do the most valuable work have a remarkable willingness to say no to distractions and focus on their one thing. The power of choosing one priority is that it guides your behavior by forcing you to organize your life around that responsibility. Your priority becomes an anchor task, the mainstay that holds the rest of your day in place. If things get crazy, there is no debate about what to do or not to do. You have already decided what is important and what is urgent.
Saying No to Being Busy
We’ve fallen into a trap of busyness and overwork of the society; we have mistaken all this activity to be something meaningful in many ways. The underlying thought seems to be, “Look how busy I am? If I’m doing all this work, I must be doing something important.” And, by extension, “I must be important because I’m so busy.”While I firmly believe everyone has worth and value, I think we’re kidding ourselves if we believe being busy is what drives meaning in our lives.
I think we need to say no to being busy and say yes to being committed to our work or craft. What do you want to master? What is the one priority that anchors your life or works each day? If you commit to nothing, you’ll be distracted by everything.