Last winter or fall, I made a resolution to do one thing at a time, to stop multitasking. This decision came about after a few conversations on the phone where I did other things at the same time: emailed, surfed the internet, cooked dinner. Well, when I multitasked, each task suffered. I couldn’t remember details from conversations. I would get lost in my cooking process. You get the picture.
Over the weekend, I finished an editing project for a 60-page website. I edited the site online and on the pages that needed corrections, I had to wait for the pages to load (about 2 minutes) and unload (another 2 minutes) for editing in the program I used. I wanted to focus on Sunday morning and FINISH that project and FOCUS on the project and nothing else. Normally, I read or write online while the pages load and unload.
But I didn’t let myself on Sunday. I didn’t want to waste any time. If I paid attention and moved on to the next page as soon as the program would let me, I would complete the edit faster and not get distracted. Piles of unfiled papers pleaded that I file them during page loads. They sat. The internet begged me to open it and find something to watch on YouTube. I didn’t.
I finished the project a half-hour earlier than I expected on Sunday morning. I took two breaks to switch laundry and get snacks and text message back a friend. I discovered that I can sit still for about 45 minutes to an hour at a time before I lose my concentration and need to get up. I hope that with practice focusing on one thing at a time will become easier and I will see it as an asset to do one thing at a time. I’m sure everyone will benefit.