I’m driving to a meeting and hit a stop light. Without thinking, my phone is out and I’m checking email.

I’m on a phone call or even on Skype, but maybe I can grab a second to check the latest headlines without anyone noticing. Traffic slows down and maybe I can grab a second to whip off a quick text while still paying attention to the road.

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Our worlds are full of opportunities to do something else. And as a result we fill every second with something to do. It’s time to stop.

Forget that humans are horrible multitaskers and that when you’re doing two things you’re doing neither of them well. Forget that you’ll survive the boredom of that two-minute stop light without checking your phone.

Constantly multitasking is soul sucking.

It stops us from enjoying what we’re doing at any given moment and encourages us to constantly be thinking about what we’re *not* doing or worse, what we should be doing. And it robs us of every possible moment to just stop and think. To feel the stitching on our steering wheel. To focus on our breath and relax for a moment. To fully engage in what we’re doing in that moment.

But you have control over this. You are not a slave to your various devices and distractions. And so I’d encourage you to start doing one thing at at time. And I think you’ll find that it makes a huge difference in your life.

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Seth Levine

Seth Levine

Seth is a Boulder, CO based technology investor and managing director at Foundry Group. His career spans venture capital investing as well as operational, transactional and advisory roles at both public and private companies.

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  • Seth, I like how you bring out the aspect of multi-tasking is an energy draining part of our lives. Also the danger of checking your phone and other electronics while driving. It starts out with at a stop sign, then when traffic is light, next thing you know your car is in an accident.

  • My problem, being a linear thinker as I am, is not what to do in steps but rather, the motivation to do those baby steps (objectives) in perspective of the larger picture (end gaol). I often make check list to organize what I 1) should be doing (obligations, usually work or school related) and 2) want/need to do being (usually related to personal task). Multi-tasking can be a true distraction but I find that lack of motivation and procrastination to be the underlying issues.

  • This is a great article and something everyone needs to think about. I have a story that relates to tho exactly. This summer I traveled everywhere and I never really had a “home” because I was so busy. I found myself scheduling meeting calls when I knew I would be driving somewhere because it was easy to do, until one day. I was at a stop light checking my phone calendar and looked up, it was green so I started to go. Looked back down on my phone and before I knew it, I had just rear-ended the person in front of me. Barely any damage and everything was fine, until I realized I had to pay to get the small scratch fixed on the car in front of me. No big deal right? Just a small scratch. Except for that fact it was on a brand-new 2014 white Audi that was driven off the lot about an hour prior. Lucky me! After this incident, I realized that I need to slow down and do things one at a time or else it can cost me. Young adults are known as the “Text-generation” and this is a huge problem. Even when we are with friends, we are texting others friends. Like you mentioned, sure maybe you are getting two things done at the same time, although “you aren’t doing those two things well”. Good read, hopefully everyone can learn to take some time to relax and slow down!

  • Great point! That is exactly what happened to me (see post below). Once something happens that costs you, whether it costs you money, time, or something, that is when you realize that you need to slow down and do things one at a time.

  • I am also a list maker! I have my daily list of things that need to get done that day and then also a few side notes on what needs to be looked at that week. A list is important because it can help you prioritize things and then find time to do the items, although make sure you do them “one at a time”!

  • Wow. Well done. I agree with just about everything you’ve put into this article. The only concern I have is how are we supposed to get through life without multitasking. For example, I’m a college student and just about every minute of my day consists of multitasking. I’m cooking breakfast and checking emails when I wake up. I’m doing homework and setting my work schedule at the same time. For some reason I just can’t see not multitasking in everyday life as practical. With that being said, I do feel that at certain times you do need to just step back and appreciate what is going on in the now.

  • I agree that multitasking can drain you, but it just seems to be a part of life. As far as the example of being on the phone while driving, I believe it should be illegal everywhere. Too many people have lost their lives over sending a text, checking an email, or calling someone. Great point!

  • After reading this article motivation and procrastination didn’t even cross my mind. Great point about those two things. I think that would absolutely lead to more of a problem than multitasking ever could be.

  • I think lists are a great way to stay on top of things as well. Unfortunately, I don’t use them as much as I should and even when I do I tend to do multiple things at a time and not one by one.

  • Thank you for the post! I somewhat agree with thie article. I agree on the fact that multitasking isn’t ideal. You cannot focus all your attention on two things at once, it is just not possible. We need to seperate our thoughts and soley focus on one thing at a time in order to do that thing 100% correctly. But on the other hand where would we be without multitasking? It is a way of life for some busy people. The only way they can operate is if they are constantly doing multiple things at one time. Multitasking helps you get things done quicker, and now a days quick is what the people want. Although I agree it can make a difference to slow down and focus on one thing at a time, some people have grown acustom to it and became very good at it.

  • Thank you for this article, I like how its very short and to the point. I agree with some of the points that yes, once in a while you need to slow down and do things one at a time, but I think most people these days simply do not have the time to do that. I think it’s better to do a little bit of both rather than one or the other. What made you want to write this article?

  • To enjoy every moment of our lives that we’re given is a gift, yet we do things like multitasking that robs us from that very joy. When you’re visiting with a friend or family member, give them your attention, not just your presence.

  • This is oh too true. As a student I often feel obligated to multitask because there simply isn’t enough time to go to class, meet for group projects, study for exams, ect, the list goes on and on. Efficiency has masked itself as multitasking which is not true at all. To be able to sit down and finish an assignment in one sitting without distraction is not easy anymore for students. We have to retrain ourselves to focus, which is not easy at all but extremely beneficial and worth it.

  • I loved reading this, I am someone who has always been taught to live in the moment and to take one day at a time. When you live in the moment and take time to appreciate even the littlest of things you notice things you might not have before. You complete goals at a higher level, it’s the way you’re supposed to do it.

  • I always catch myself pulling out my phone whenever there’s a moment. I’m guilty of trying to multitask and so are many other people. I like how you said we are not control by these devices and we shouldn’t be. We should be the one controlling these devices.

  • Thank you for the article! I feel that this article would be useful especially for the younger generations of people who have grown up with technology. People are obsessed with their phones and the need to stay connected with their friends for every second of the day. I would agree that it’s important to take time out of your day away from technology.

  • I agree with you that it’s important not to get too wrapped up in technology. Many times when something important happens, our first instinct is to record it, take a picture or post about it, instead of enjoying the moment or giving it your full attention.

  • I think this is a great article, especially for college students like myself. We have a tendency to try to juggle multiple things at a time, while doing so, we tend to not give 100 percent twards one thing but rather 50 percent twards multiple things. We need to learn to focus on one thing at a time to complete our goals in a better way.

  • I think you bring up an interesting point with our phones and technology. With modern technology, it seems like everyone is multi-tasking at a constant rate. We need to put down our phones and concentrate at the task at hand.

  • What an interesting article! Thank you! I never would have thought about multitasking like that but you put it into great perspective! people should stop trying to do two things at once and maybe they will start to see the beauty in the world. Imagine take a long drive and never look at your phone once and seeing how beautiful nature really is. I really enjoy the phone example because it truly has become an addiction to people. That leads me to my question, do you think people who are constantly using technology are more stressed than others because of all the distractions it brings? What about more of procrastinators?

  • Love your argument and I think it brings me to a good question for you. Since it’s true, some people need to multitask and want things to get done quicker, do you think these people are less mentally healthy or more stressed out than people who don’t multitask as much or ever? Do you think a quicker lifestyle has gotten us to where we are with more divorces, depression, obesity, and sickness?

  • Thank you for you comment and I think most of us are taking multitasking too literal here. I think there will always be times that we have to multitask because we honestly can. However, there are certain things that don’t need to be multitasked if we manage our time better. When you sit down to eat, you should be do anything else but enjoying your meal and talking with someone. Now you may say but i watch tv while i eat. Okay yes that’s fine because you’re not doing two tasks at the same time that need 100% your undivided attention. Understand? I think he’s trying to say don’t multitask with things that need your complete focus. That is very stressful and hard on you.

  • I completely agree with what you said about college students juggling many things. I am one of those for sure! Many times throughout the school year i will have to just stop and evaluate what is the most important and what i need to be devoting all my time to. That lasts for maybe an hour or two and then i’m right back at multitasking.

  • I am able to learn a great lesson from this post. I struggle with juggling many things in my life such as work, school, friends, and other miscellaneous tasks. But when i work to pay for school, sometimes it’s hard to pick one over the other. Of course school is immensely important to me but how do i focus more on school without taking time off of work and losing money?

  • This is very helpful because as college students we tend to multitask because at every second of the day there is something to do. Study for an exam, homework assignments, organization meetings and such forth. But i never thought to just stop and take a breather for a minute. I feel it would be very well-needed in the circumstances that we are in.

  • This article was really refreshing because it reminds you to take a second and be in the moment. As a college student I have been raised in the cell phone and advancing technology generation. I can’t even go to the bathroom without making sure I grab my phone to come along. i think that it is important to spend time not multitasking and remember what you are doing right in the moment.

  • I think phones and technology, although advances can be great, take away from a lot of life experiences. People are so worried about what they are doing later or what others are doing that they forget about what they’re doing and forget to enjoy the little things and ultimately become more stressed being fixated on other tasks.

  • I am the same way, always pulling out my phone the first second I get, even if I know there is nothing new on it. We should be in control of our devices and sometime I feel people almost have an addiction to their phones, tvs, or tablets.

  • I agree with you. I find it to be rude and annoying when I’m with a friend or out on a date and the other person can’t seem to find the time to pay attention or put down their phone. It’s hard to not constantly check it, but its something that keeps people missing out on whats right in front of them.

  • Yes I can see how that would be a root problem. Sometimes multitasking is a great thing when you’re working on a project for work or helping out other people just as long as you don’t miss out. Procrastination gets the best of us sometimes and can be a major factor to missing out.

  • I absolutely agree! It is really important for us to take time to relax or try and reduce our multitasking and focusing on one thing at a time. Thank you!

  • This is a great article! Yes I think that with all of the updated technology and all the smartphones we don’t ever stop to just have a moment to ourselves. I admit at stoplights or even driving I check my phone for texts, emails Facebook and snap chats. It’s not good to be connected to your phone for so many hours of the day, I know from having every social media on my phone it drives me crazy when I don’t have my phone by me. People (and myself) need to not be so needy of our phones and enjoy the world and everyone around us!

  • This article was awesome! Everyone is always on their phone these days. It’s time to start paying attention to the real world. Get one thing done, then move on to others. Procrastinating takes away your potential to create, achieve, or perform something incredible.

  • Technology is consuming the lives of the people and also ruining human communication. Pay attention to your surroundings and “live in the moment”. You never no when something great might just walk by but you might not know because you are to busy trying to do too many things

  • Thank you I love this article! I am guilty on multitasking all the time. I feel like I do it now without even knowing. For example when I am watching TV I pull out my phone and check Facebook when there is a commercial on. I agree with you a 100% that then you are not relaxing ever. I will definitely take your advice and try doing things one at a time. I can tell as technology gets more high tech people will be doing a million things at once.

  • Aren’t we all guilty of multitasking? We have adapted to trying to complete or do as much as possible at one time because it could potentially save us time later on. The downfall when multitasking is something might be done wrong or not as well if you focused on one thing

  • For me, unfortunately, I am very guilty of this. I am one who is always trying to get things done as fast as possible, and this is also bad for me because like you said, doing more than one thing at once means you aren’t doing any of those things well. This is why I think it is good advice for anyone to take. Slowing things down probably is the best thing to do when it comes to getting things done efficiently. Thanks for posting!

  • Same with me. In our generation I think it is extremely difficult to put one thing down and focus on the other

  • I have the same issue. As much as you want to just relax and focus on one thing at a time, being a college student that is extremely hard, especially when you bring into account paying for school

  • I agree that multi tasking is a very draining thing, but on the other hand, in the generation we live in, I think it is hard to stray away from it. I feel as though multi-tasking has become a way of life and as much as we want to just relax and focus on one thing at a time, it is an extremely difficult thing to do

  • As the great Ron Swanson of “Parks and Recreation” once said, “Never half ass two things. Whole ass one thing.” This quote stuck with me because it couldn’t be more true. No matter what it is, if you are doing two things at once, chances are they aren’t getting done as effectively as they would be if you were only focusing on one of them.

  • I used to try to get things done as fast as possible too, but I have found that making a schedule and budgeting out time to do things the right way is a much more effective practice and helps me get things done more effectively.

  • I agree. Even as I write this post, my phone is sitting next to me. As I said in a previous comment, phones are a huge problem, but they aren’t the only things that hinder our concentration. Concentrating on one thing at a time is both safe and effective and we as a country need to realize it.

  • For me, schedules are the hardest things on earth to follow. I think that in the generation we live in, it is so easy to slip away from that way of organization. I have been trying though, nonetheless.

  • I agree with you, but for myself, this can be very difficult. I feel as though I always have so much going on in my life that it is hard to just sit back and focus on one thing at a time.

  • I’ve never had trouble sticking to them, but I guess we have two different learning styles! I am (although it may not appear this way sometimes) a very organized person and I have the ability to keep even messy things organized, so maybe that plays some part in it.

  • I agree with you as well. Lists can be a great way to stay on top of things, but on the other hand, I am not one to stick to a schedule like that.

  • People thing I am one of those goody two shoes who is always organized but I am in no way shape or form like that. I wish I could stay on task and on top of things as much as people think I do.

  • This article would be useful especially for the younger generations of people who have grown up with technology. People are obsessed with their phones and the need to stay connected with their friends for every second of the day. I would agree that it’s important to take time out of your day away from technology.

  • This article is so useful for college students. So many students(including myself) will try and do homework while also checking facebook and eating and texting their girlfriend and 100 other things. It is much easier to tend to each task one at a time and knock it out with great precision.

  • This article is completly right especially with college students. We get so caught up in our lives and think we can do a million things at once. As soon as we start dying down because we have so much going on we realize were not putting equal amount into each thing. Along with trying to everything at once we also go on our phone and facebook and other social media that distract us. Doing one thing at a time and doing it right is better than doing a bunch of things and not putting all your effort. Why do you think we tend to do this? Is it because we put off so much work that we have to cram everything together in the end? Thanks for sharing!

  • This is a good article for young people to read. I never thought of multitasking as soul sucking before but I guess it can be. I am always doing at least two things trying to get everything done in the small amount of time that I have. I never thought that doing so makes the quality of my work suffer but I have noticed it is easier to focus on only one thing at a time.

  • I agree with you it is really important to live in the moment. I think our generation has a very hard time doing that because we are always connected to social media, it really takes away from the here and now. I have caught myself telling myself I am only going to look at this one video post on youtube and 30 minutes later I still have not looked up from my phone.

  • Taylor, yes it is hard but people need to put the phone down, slow down and smell the roses. It may be a little corny, but the truth.

  • Thanks Kobarj18, I don’t think that the phones should be outlawed, but the use of hands free for calling should be required. definitely texting and using the chat/web browsing while being the driver should be made illegal.

  • This is a good question. I guess I would say it depends on the situation. For example a full-time working mother who has a full plate at home and an even bigger one at work I think is mentally healthy. I think she has come accustom to this routine that her body is used to the long hours and multitasking. She knows what she has to do and how to do it as well as when to do it. An example of a stressed out multitasker would be a college student cramming for finals and has three projects due on the same day and is trying to do 398 things at once. So that would be the difference of situations. This lifestyle can lead to depression from being constantly busy and not taking time for yourself and friends. It can also lead to lack of sleep which can cause obesity. And often we forget about our health when have ten other things to do. These were all very good questions!

  • Thanks Seth for the post, and I will try and make a honest effort towards trying to take things one thing at a time. Even though it might not be easy at first to say the least since our world is constantly progressing every second its hard not to get sided track. I am throughly interested to try and see if this will make a huge difference in my life as much as you said it would.

  • Wonderful article! I think it’s incredibly important, especially for the newer generations, to realize this. I definitely find this to be a problem in personal relationships. For example, dinner used to be a time for people to socialize with one another about their day and so on. And now, even when I go out to dinner, I see people all around me ignoring the person they’re sitting across from in order to look at their cell phone screen. It’s ridiculous. We’re so attached to our cell phones and multitasking that it’s really starting to influence the quality of life.

  • Thank you for this article, it was amazing! I think that everyone should read this article, because has humans, we are constantly finding the need to multitask. It’s almost like we don’t feel accomplished if we are only doing one thing. Multitasking is exhausting, and I think that sometimes our bodies need to take a break from doing multiple things at once. We aren’t designed to constantly be doing many things at once, and it is sometimes even dangerous to do so. How would you suggest we slow things down and not feel the need to multitask? I feel like it may be easier said than done.

  • I’m glad you are on the same page along with many, many other college students i assume. It is tough but i know the reward of a college education will be well worth it!

  • I agree with your comment. Technology is everywhere and more and more people are becoming so fascinated with it. Although it is helpful tool to us, it can also be a big distraction in our lives.

  • I agree with your last point. In my opinion, it is WAY easier said than done. I am constantly multitasking throughout the day and into the late evenings that by the time the alarm goes off in the morning, i find it incredibly hard to get myself out of bed and back to my daily multitasking when really, i need to give myself more time to slowly get ready for the day by doing one thing at a time. So why does it seem so difficult to only focus on one task at a time?

  • Kenzi will you please teach me your tactics? I wish I could be more on top of my work, and I feel like prioritizing stuff on a list would definitely help that. I try my best to stay on top of things, but obviously when I don’t write things down then I forget stuff. So you should teach me your ways 😉

  • This is perfect timing for me to read this article. With exams coming up, I have a lot of my plate with work and studying and planning my next move. I am always finding ways to maximize my time so that I still have time to relax and perhaps sleep at night. So although I understand what you are saying about doing one thing at a time, I think that sometimes we need to multitask in order to stay ahead so that soon you are able to slow down and do one thing at a time.

  • I suppose I didn’t word that correctly, sorry for the confusion. I agree with you. The use of phones while driving should be confined to hands free communication.

  • Either am I. Thats why the lists tend not to work out sometimes. They do help me organize and keep on track for the most part, though.

  • I like the outlook you have. When there is important tasks that require your full attention multitasking is not the way to go. Even so, I still catch myself doing it constantly. Do you ever find yourself doing the same?

  • Who doesn’t always have their phone by their side? My phone is the most distracting thing I own. When I have a lot of work to do I need to damn near lock my phone away so I won’t keep checking it. I think technology is the biggest distraction in our country right now and if we want to better ourselves, it’s in our best interest to learn to concentrate more on one thing and do our best with that task.

  • I wish I was able to make that realization. I am the type of person who tries to bust through things as fast as I can so I can get to the things that I actually enjoy to do. And the quicker I push through those things, the less I take out of them. Homework assignments and projects are suppose to be a learning tool, but when people like me just fly through them in the quickest and easiest possible way, we aren’t getting anything out of those assignments. We aren’t learning to our full potential when we breeze through those assignments. I need to make that same realization that you did and slow my self down and do better work.

  • Thank you for the article Seth, this blog is very useful because like you said, when people multi-task they aren’t putting in 100% effort into anything. If we stopped this habit I think the world would be a much more productive place because we would take the tasks in our lives more seriously. After realizing this have you been able to apply this to your life? Thank you again for the article.

  • I totally agree Nicole! I see some of my own family members and best friends do this at dinner time, people care less and less who they’re around now-a-days.

  • It’s hard to resist the temptation (which I still succumb to sometimes). My best advice is to be intentional about this. Grabbing my phone (when a meeting gets boring, when I head to the restroom, when I’m in the car) as become almost subconscious and I’ve found that the only way to override this is to be interrupt that subconscious act and tell myself to stop. It’s amazing how often it happens, however, which just goes to show that I’ve not overridden my impulse, I’m just stopping it (maybe one day I’ll hit a stop light in the car and won’t instinctually grab for my phone).

    Thought 2 is that I try not to put myself in easy situations to get distracted. Best example of this is that I’ll move from my desk (with my computer staring me in the face) to a chair to take a phone call. Literally physically taking away my ability to be tempted/distracted.

  • There was an amusing article about a restaurant that had a few bad Yelp reviews hiring a company to study what was going on (and why specifically the time it took for people to have lunch was lengthening and their food was coming out cold). It turned out that people were coming into the restaurant (in groups) and sitting down only to take their phones out (delaying the restaurant’s ability to serve them). When their food came the first thing people did was take pictures of the food and then pause to tweet/instagram them out. Which, of course, meant that the food was getting cold, so a portion of them were sending it back to be reheated. Oy!

  • I agree completely with this post. I always try to multitask. I am actually doing it right now. I am writing this and watching television at the same time. I know multitasking is not a good thing because I am not giving my full attention to either thing. I probably would be writing a better post than this if I wasn’t multitasking but everyone in America feels like they are not being productive if they focus on just one thing. So I will try and turn off the television and see if my productivity will go up. Thank you for writing the post.

  • Great post Seth. I think multi-tasking also contributes to a lot of anxiety problems because, to go off the article, you’re always thinking about what you could be doing instead of just focusing of what you’re doing in the moment.

  • It’s very true that we’re always trying to multitask things. Which seems counterproductive if you really think about it because when you multitask things you are getting more than one thing done at once but you’re not putting as much into either one as you should be and that really just kind of defeats the purpose of doing it in the first place.

  • It really is much easier to just do one thing at a time. I think where a lot of people get hooked on multitasking is when they think they’re getting more done than they actually are when in reality they’re just trying to get through they’re day as fast as possible and not putting the right amount of work into it.

  • It’s funny you mention that, I was thinking of the same episode when I was reading the article. It is really true though, there’s absolutely no point in doing something if it’s not going to be done to the best of your ability.

  • This is a fantastic article. As Americans we are constantly looking for things to do in even a couple of seconds of downtime. We are not hardwired to be doing multiple tasks at once. That being said, we need to work on focusing at one task at a time and master it instead of doing to things half-ass.

  • Yep. And it’ll take you longer to do each of those things without multitasking but each one of them will be done to a much higher standard so it’ll pay off in the end.

  • The article really got me thinking. It’s so true that we are constantly filling time with even the smallest of tasks. I also think that it is important that we take one task at a time so we can put all of our focus and energy into it.

  • This is also something that I want to try. I have always been one who multitasks but I’m curious how things would change if I were to take things one at a time.

  • Thanks for this post! I could really relate to this article because I try to multitask all the time, and I am really bad at it. For someone who has a short attention span, multitasking can be rather difficult, and this is someone like me. I do agree that multitasking is not always great, and it can be rather difficult to give your full attention to multiple things at once. To be able to focus fully on more than one thing at once is quite difficult, it is hard to separate our thoughts and give our full attention to more than one thing.Multitasking for me has been helpful yet harmful. It has helped when I am busy, and need to do more than one thing at once, but it has been harmful because both things are not done to the best capability. But I can say that multitasking has been a great help to not just me, but many others too. People use multitasking to get things done in a fashionable manner. Taking your time and focusing on one task can be more useful, but the swiftness of a task is what people want, and that is why people use multitasking.

  • As someone who is constantly multitasking, this is definitely an article that caught my attention. I think if I just stopped to think about what I am doing in the moment I would be able to enjoy things more and do them better. I will definitely start making an effort to only do one thing at a time and give it my full attention!

  • I totally agree how technology is very helpful. We would not be where we are today if we didn’t not have the advanced technology that we use on a day to day basis. Technology though in the future will be the downfall to us

  • Thank you for sharing! I agree that people get too caught up in doing things that they don’t stop and take a moment to take everything in and enjoy the things around them. If we HAVE to have something in our hands or something to look at to pass the time, then we get addicted to those other things rather than experience the things on the outside that are too easily overlooked. What do you think we can do to avoid getting addicted to those other influences and multitask between them?

  • I agree with your opinion. When we do too many things at once, we often don’t spend time on them to do a sufficient job. If we can focus our time on one thing instead of multiple, then we will be able to thoroughly be able to enjoy what we’re doing as well as (like you said) mastering that task.

  • I totally agree. I am working on a lot of things for finals week too, and I am definitely doing multiple things at a time. I think if you’re able to take a little more time on each thing, you will be able to do a great job on them rather than just ok. I agree that multitasking, in this context, can help you stay ahead and therefore give you more time to not have to multitask.

  • I agree! Being in college, we learn to do multiple things at once, but there comes a point where it takes a toll on us and we can’t do it anymore. We are also concerned, like you said, with so much social media and what’s going on. We get so caught up in all these things that essentially have no meaning that we tend to overlook the things that we need to enjoy to have a great experience. When we do things one at a time, our attention and focus is solely on whatever we’re doing, and that allows us to put more effort and time into that project so that we do a great job.

  • I am so not a good multi-tasker….besides that you are completely right…its soul sucking. Having your brain constantly looking at something, bouncing from one form of communication to another is just exhausting. I think we, as a society need to learn how to turn off the noise in our lives and just be where we are.

  • You would be surprised at how much you miss just by constantly engaging in other tasks and not paying attention to the here and now. When my phone broke, it was a blessing in disguise…I noticed beautiful trees that I had just walked by for months on my way to class, and not to mention there is something to be said about just taking in your surroundings or people watching…thats always fun!

  • amazing article really opened my eyes! i do i am a slave to checking my phone when im driving and stop at a stop light, or when the traffic is slow and i think i can check my phone and i do it all the time.

  • Thank you for a great reminder! I think it is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and we forget to stop and enjoy ourselves. In the midst of school finals this is just an important reminder for mental sanity. Thank you!

  • interesting article. I very much agree that people get too caught up in things that they are doing and don’t recognize good distractions. I always try to find a way to do things as fast as possible and have more free time so this was an interesting read. I agree that multitasking is exhausting but i don’t think that we will stay away from it because it is just human nature. Do you think multitasking is beneficial in some cases?

  • Thank you very much for the post Seth! This was very intriguing to read as I am currently watching a movie and responding to blogs. I’m reading about multitasking nodding my head on how I am a slave to technology and being a hypocrite in the most obvious way. Technology and multitasking go hand in hand, it’s ridiculous. People become caught up in the ease technology gives off, and are often too caught up. I agree with you saying that technology is extremely soul sucking, is there a definite change that we can make to help us better our minds and step away from technology?

  • I completely agree with you Carleigh, it’s way too easy to get caught up in the day-to-day norms and we don’t even stop and smell the roses anymore. We’re too busy filling every second of our lives with second hand thoughts or responsibilities we need to get done. This reflects into our social lives because are we truly being a good friend if we let technology distract us?

  • This is such a great article! I am definitely one of those people who thinks that they need to have a jam-packed schedule at all time. Things have to get done eventually, and procrastinating has always left me stressed, exhausted, frustrated, and regretting the decision to put it off. However, I now realize after reading this article that overloading myself has taken away the opportunities to fully take in what is going on around me, to take a second to breathe and clear my mind, to “smell the roses.” While I do acknowledge the importance to slow down and “do one thing at a time,” it isn’t always easy or possible.. But I will definitely take your message to heart and try to apply it to my life from time to time.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  • I completely agree with you Tara, my younger sister and my older sister are guilty of doing this too. We would go out to dinner, and they would take selfies or text someone the entire time. It’s very frustrating, but it does fuel my fire for not bringing my phone out because I know how it feels firsthand. When you say get one thing done then move on to others, I think that you are so right. Procrastination is such a monster.

  • I love this. Especially as a college student, it can become easy to focus on multiple things at once. I have learned throughout my college career, that completing one task at a time is a way to avoid unnecessary stress and to get things done in an efficient manner. I always focus on the assignment that is due first, then once that is completed, I move on to the next one. It helps me with time management and staying successful in school. This article is just a reminder that my strategy is worth keeping! Thank you!

  • At the beginning of this article I thought he was going to get into a car accident or something. I get what he’s saying, if i’m not filling every second o my day, then I feel like i’m not being productive. I think there is some logic to what he’s saying. Try and be still, learn to appreciate the quite moments.

  • The description of “constantly thinking about what your not doing” works perfectly for our society. We are consistently being pushed to do More. But if we always try to do more, then we’ll never be content with the ‘present.’ This also parallels to the study on decision fatigue. We have a finite store of mental energy in a given day. So if we do 10 different things on the way to work, then we will have burned a good deal of mental energy before even starting the work day, which can lead to stress and fatigue.

  • This article comments on a vital concept that will work towards shifting our current culture of disassociation. I have found myself struggling to be present in the moment because I am focusing on so many other things. Thank you for posting this article, and reinforcing the point that it is okay to have silence. I think our stress levels contribute to the need to be in constant communication with others because we feel that it is rude if we do not respond right away. However, this is another belief that needs to change. Before cellphones and email, individuals did not expect such a quick response, and respected that their contact might be completing a task more important than responding. It is hard not to fall into the trap of frustration when our friends or family do not respond within the 24 hr window. However, we need to be the first to start a changing movement against the pressures we face from technology to be constantly accessible. Silence is OK.

  • My favorite article by far. I honestly could not agree more with you. The addiction to technology now days is mind blowing. Walk into a classroom of college students and you will find that most have there heads down, engrossed in their phones. I find it sad. Society has us made us believe that we always have to be doing something, but we don’t. Constant multitasking is unhealthy and unnatural.

  • Great article! I am always on my laptop and doing homework all the while studying for quizzes. I feel like i want to get everything done in a small amount of time even though it seems like i got all the time in the world. By the end of the day i feel like i haven’t done anything because i am way too focused on many things.

  • With growing technology that connects everyone all the time it really is hard to escape it. I’ll be with my friends and find myself on my phone texting or snapchatting other friends. Why can’t I just enjoy what’s actually happening right in front of me? Like you said people can’t do 2 things well at the same time. So basically I’m giving 2 sets of friends half of my attention. I hate that technology has done this to people. I want to make a greater effort to just concentrate on what’s happening in front of me and to be bored at the stoplight

  • I tend to disagree with this article on multitasking. But you do bring up great points on the negative side of it. BUt i think multi tasking is crucial for humans including the business world. Granted on you points to why it can be a negative thing though. good article.

  • I agree with this article even though I am guilty of multitasking all the time. I always feel “plugged in” because I have my phone with me all the time which gives me access to my e-mail for work and school and all my social media accounts 24/7. This can be exhausting. I think taking some time to stop multitasking could be very beneficial.

  • This is great advice. Try doing one thing at a time. I do
    not have a smart phone and still I find myself caught up in trying to multitask throughout the day. I find it extremely distracting and disappointing when
    I can’t get through one face to face conversation without someone looking on their
    phone.

  • I recently learned the human brain can have seven things going on a once. Example Seven different projects or school class. But I feel that you can only focus on one at a time. But that does not mean you cannot multitask through all seven without massing anything. Think school, work and home life you a three right there. Then add friends, appoints and kid now see how effectively you can multitask. Some are better than other but we all have packed schedule keep it up its good for you.

    Don’t confuse Focusing on something with multitasking.

  • It has become imbedded in our culture that we constantly have to be doing “something.” I know that I am guilty of this everyday. I multitask in class, in the car, at work, and I never truly focus or become fully engaged in any one task. We have become so comfortable with multitasking through every part of our lives, that we don’t even realize that we are doing it. It would be a challenge for all of us to have one day where we attempt to be totally engaged in everything we do. How would this change what we get out of our experiences?

  • I agree with this philosophy in its entirety. Just slowing down and trying to not do anything is so hard-but when able to do so it really helps bring you back down to earth. My favorite quote is “constantly multitasking is soul sucking” This stuck with me because it is bold but true. When we are constantly going and not taking a break from the distractions and day to day activities-I feel we almost lose touch of who we really are.

  • I agree that multitasking is at times “souls sucking” and that when multitasking you are not being as productive as you would be otherwise. However I think it is important to think about how much giving up multitasking, more specifically always being up to date, would have on overall productivity. We are living in a world where we are always expected to be up to date because of the access we have to communication. I think in fact giving up multitasking could be detremental to overall productivity.

  • Noticing this phenomenon a few months ago i chose to scale back from my ihpone 5s to what my friends refer to as a “dumb phone” (a simple flip phone with only calling and texting abilities). Now, months later, I realize I was a prisoner to my phone, using it to fill free time with guaranteed stimulation and to document my life through different apps. I have now realized that this dependency is harmful because it serves as a distraction from the world around us. It saddens me to see others pull out their smart phones to take pictures of a beautiful sunset or videotape a cool performance, because as they are focusing their lenses and planning their instagram caption, I am standing there taking in the beauty of the moment in a way that I forgot was possible since the dawn of social media and the widespread use of smartphones.

  • The most common push-back I’ve received from this post is some version of “if I don’t multi-task, I’ll never get everything done.” On the surface this makes sense given that in theory when you’re multitasking you’re doing two things in the time it would take to do one (and really most of what I was talking about was filling up what you might perceive as idle or semi-idle time with something else). But I think that logic is wrong. By trying to do two things at once and doing neither of them well, you’re just creating more work for yourself. And perhaps more importantly by not getting yourself in the right head space to be productive you’re actually less efficient.

    An example from my own life: I used to wake up every morning at 5:45-6:00 and work for an hour before the kids were up. Mostly running through emails, but sometimes writing a blog post, reading industry news, etc. I did it every day, regardless of when I went to sleep, what I was doing the evening before, etc. A few months ago I stopped that and started letting myself sleep later (often waking up without an alarm). Some days that meant I slept until 7:15. Others I was up at 6:30. And I stopped putting the pressure on myself to work in the mornings. If I felt like it (and had the time) I did. If I wasn’t up for it I didn’t. You’d think this killed my overall productivity, since I was basically turning an hour of morning work into sleeping time. But it’s actually made me more productive. I’m not fighting fatigue throughout the mornings. I’ve built time in my schedule later in the morning to make sure I’m caught up (which ironically has simply seen me cut down on the kind of meeting that is a waste of time because I’m more careful about what I’ll commit to). Overall it’s a huge net positive, even though on the surface it looked like I was giving up a significant amount of work time. I suppose to put it into a college example (since i know there are a number of students on this thread) it’s like deciding to stop studying for that key exam at a certain time and giving your brain the time to reset/relax by taking in a movie. Yes – in theory the 2 hours could be better spent cramming more information into your head, but in reality you’ll do better if you give yourself a little space to relax.

  • Two things:
    1. Multi-tasking isn’t inherently bad. As you say, “Constant multi-tasking is soul sucking”. It’s the “all the time” part that hurts. We likely evolved the ability to multi-task for fight or flight moments, not for sending a text while driving. If your default mindset is always ass-on-fire it’s going to suck.

    2. “Multi-tasking” is a poor term. “Hyper-tasking” is a better fit for what is actually happening. When someone is so-called multi-tasking, they’re just rapidly switching focus from one thing to the next. “Rapid focus cycling” might be better, but ‘hyper-tasking’ has better mouthfeel. In either case, understanding the actual mechanics of what’s going on is useful to understanding when it’s appropriate, and not. It also helps us understand it’s effects.

  • I find this article extremely applicable to everyday life. Multitasking can detract from multiple innovative ideas and tasks. When one becomes more single task focused, they are able to excel better at the task at hand. This allows for better innovation and execution. I have found in my own everyday life, when I do not multitask I am much more engaged and successful at whatever it is I am doing. This article provides great advice! Especially for those entrepreneurs looking to bring an innovative idea to life, and other plans that require much preparation and attention.

  • This is a very good point. As if work is not stressful enough, we start off the day adding to that even more. This feeling of stress and fatigue becomes so constant that it is almost “normal”.

  • this article reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, “you can’t chase two rabbits at once”

  • Definitely agree with this post. Another tip that I heard recently was to only check your email 3 times a day. If you’re look at it more than that, you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing. Take this advice with a grain of salt 🙂

  • Thanks for bringing attention to the issue of constant multi-tasking. I have found that ever since taking my first economics course I have been unable to ignore the idea of “opportunity costs,” and knowing that by doing nothing, I am always missing out on something. It certainly wears on us, and makes days go by so much faster. I’m going to take the challenge and try to just be patient as I sit at a stoplight the next time I’m in my car, and hopefully it will give me some time to relax and just appreciate everything else around me.

  • Doing one thing at a time is a concept that is quickly becoming extinct in our current society. We have too many gadgets and technologies to occupy our minds when sometimes just relaxing and just thinking for once can be beneficial to our well-being. I thoroughly enjoyed this post by Levine because it makes you look at your own actions and realize how much you are multitasking yourself. Since reading this I have decided to try an experiment and to take 30 minutes out of my day where I cannot use any form of technology, whether it be a cell phone, TV, computer, etc. I can use this time to try and free my mind of the craziness that life brings, and really think about the decisions I have made that day.
    Levine makes a great point when he says, “when your doing two things your doing neither of them well.” This is a perfect reason for people, myself included, to make a conscious effort to put their phones down, turn off the TV’s and music, and really focus on the task at hand. Now we all realize there are times in our professional life where you have to balance a lot of things to succeed, but I think the articles main point is to try and focus on one thing as much as possible. Levine’s post may only be a few hundred words long but it has a point that everyone should pay attention too because it can effect every one’s life in a positive way. Great post Mr. Levine, looking forward to reading more of your articles.

  • This article really resonated with me as I had told myself to shut down everything else and just read through a couple posts before sitting down and opening up this website. With all of the things to do and people to see and tasks to take care of, it is not only refreshing, but also entirely necessary to “fully engage” in the moment and calm your mind down. While being busy can be what gets us out of bed in the morning, taking a breather on the drive to work or devoting a few minutes to not paying attention to the phone is what gets us through the day. Sometimes we can’t help but to multitask, and other times we make excuses to make is seem necessary, but the truth is that we are fully capable of committing to one thing at a time in our quest to get everything squared away. As mentioned in the article, it can make a huge difference! From personal experience, I can say it makes me more aware of the task at hand and allows me to explore more options in terms of attending to it.That attention usually results in a better and happier performance on my end than if I had done it while juggling 10 other things.
    I can also admire that the article has integrity: it stays short and to the point and avoids including irrelevant points or links that might distract us from the message at its core. Mr. Levine obviously took a minute to simply “stop and think” while writing this and I thoroughly enjoy how poignant his words became and how he was able to practice what he preached.
    Also, I think that since multitasking can be essential at times, being able to start from this level of doing “one thing at a time” is a great foundation for figuring out how to direct your thoughts and efforts. By starting out small, we could all find a way to make room for just as much attention to detail on one task as we could on another that might be happening at the same time. Deconstructing the thought process can teach us what to look for and how to balance our efforts while multitasking in a way that allows us to stay sane!

  • This article makes a great point! It really resonated with me because when I found it I had the TV on, was texting people, doing homework, and doing a little bit of online shopping. After reading it and stopping for a second to evaluate just how much I had accomplished through multitasking, I realized that I missed half of the plot of the show on TV, I was not actually spending time with anyone that I was talking to, my homework was taking ten times longer than it should have, and I had not accomplished anything with my attempt at online shopping. Then, something that was even more ironic to me, I realized that this felt normal to me. It amazes me that by multitasking we fool ourselves into thinking we are being more productive when in reality we are not getting half of what we are doing accomplished. It really does feel like it is soul sucking because half way through not getting anything fully done you feel totally exhausted and reminded of just home much more you have to accomplish.

    What is interesting to me is that even when we are around other people we choose to multitask instead of just enjoy the company. When spending time with family and friends, it is common for people to be talking to others who are not there or even playing a game instead of sitting down and interacting with those that are around them. Even when seeing a movie, it is so common for people to be on their phones that there are now advertisements entirely dedicated to telling people not to text, to turn their phones off, or not to play with their phones during the movie.

    With the idea to stop multitasking, I have a few questions. What kind of technology do you think has contributed most to multitasking? Do you think some advances in technology are only making that false need to multitask worse? What do you suggest to end the cycle of multitasking in our lives?

    After reading this article, I have decided to make this a goal. For the next week, especially since that week falls over the holidays, I will be in the moment. I will complete one task at a time. I will put down my cellphone when around people and focus on making the most of my time with those people. After that week I want to see how I have changed, how much the quality of the things that I do has changed. I want to see if I feel like I have more time to relax. I know this will be a challenge but it is well worth the effort for this enlightening experience. Thank you for sharing your ideas on this subject.

  • I totally agree that multi-tasking is soul-sucking. As a restaurant manager, there is so many things that I have to keep track off that I feel so forgetful and scatter-brained by the end of the day because I would always forget something. I feel like I have to do so many things at once because there simply isn’t enough time in a day. At home I would constantly rush to do things and multi-task because I’m so used to it at work. I never sit down and enjoy my dinner. I’m shoving food in my mouth, checking sales, checking emails, and inventory. It would be nice if I’m able to slow down and do one thing at a time.

  • I really enjoyed reading your article. It was short and to the point. I think that you bring fourth a clear point. People are constantly multitasking, trying to do multiple things at once and they fail to awknowledge the world around them. I have witnessed this plently of times, just the other day my sister was on her iphone probably the whole day just scrolling through facebook, and contributing all her time on that stupid technology device. It drives me crazy seeing her waste her time, looking at all this pointless stuff on social media. Of course, it’s not just her that does it, the rest of society is guilty of this as well, including myself. It’s amazing the impact that technology has made in our lives, and Its not necessarily a good thing. Instead of taking the time to relax and just focus on the precious moments of life, people spend most of their free time scrolling through news feeds on facebook, viewing pictures on instagram, tweeting, ect. When does it end? How can we get individuals to stop focusing on stuff that does not matter, and focus more on what matters? We should live life, not post about it. Thank you for sharing this article!

  • Thank you Seth for sharing this article with us. I found it to be very true in today world and agree with what you are saying. I am the say way while driving if I hit a stop and go light and I always check my phone to see if anyone text me or called me it is a very bad habit that I would like to break. Also, I thought of myself as a good multitask-er, but after reading your article it made me think how much better I could have done on that task if i was only do that one task. So I might take your advice and try only doing one thing from now on. Thank again for sharing this article with us.

  • In today’s society we have to keep our minds constantly running. Multi-tasking is a great way for us top do so. I found this article very interesting because I am guilty of texting and driving but never truly understood why I did it and why it was so hard not too. We want to keep ourselves busy and multitasking is how we do so.

  • In society today, Its hard to focus on one task. Technology definitely makes it harder. Even today, I was helping with a Sunday school class, and while talking to one of the kids, I was also sending a text back to my friend. Why is our full attention so hard to give to any one thing? Jumping back into school this quarter, I am constantly juggling life, work, and keeping my grades up. I need to learn to give my full attention to the tasks at hand, and my juggling will probably begin to slow down. Bringing attention to something will ultimately bring balance. And balance is something I need.

  • I’ve learned from my dog how to “take in the moment”. As annoying as she is when I walk her, stopping every 50 ft. to get her “Pee-mail”, instead of pulling on her leash I take in what’s around us. I look at the blooming desert, or check out the beautiful blue sky, or watch the birds go by. My dog has taught me to take 30 seconds and check out your surroundings.

  • I agree with this article so much. I think everyone does try and do too much at once and it may end up in nothing getting done effectively. I understand people can multi-task (and I do as well) but when push comes to shove and something needs to get done the distractions (“multi-tasking”) need to come to an end. I do think it’s one thing to check your calendar at a stop light vs. being on your phone reading e-mails while someone sits across the table from you at lunch vs. browsing Facebook when you should be writing a paper but they’re all relative in that you aren’t focusing. When you drive with your phone out you’re probably not sending your best texts or doing your best driving and I think thats the point.

  • Although my kids would say we have tons of rules in our family, I could only recall seven or so. One of my favorites is no cell phones when we are doing something together as a family. This includes long, boring road trips too! I believe boredom is the precursor to imagination and one of our most powerful attributes for problem solving and innovation.

  • This blog really reminds me of myself. I’m always checking my phone to pass time. I check my phone constantly for nor real reason. I do it when I’m sitting at a stop light in the car, waiting to pick a friend up in the driveway, or waiting in line at drive through. I am going to try to consciously avoid using my phone in those situations. I agree that the dependence some of us have on technology is soul sucking. Its also soul sucking to not be able to devote all of our attention to one task. It’s like checking Facebook or Twitter is a nervous habit of some sort. In trying to always multi task we are doing everything a little less well. When I try to read an email at a stop sign I am not as attentive to the road and usually I forget some details of the email message as well.

  • LOVE this article!!! I’m great at multi-tasking, but it’s not my favorite thing to do or anything… But I do make a point to CHOOSE when to multi-task, while driving is not one of them, I choose these moments to enjoy the scenery, and just take stock of my life. It’s quite relaxing to drive, even in traffic when you’re letting go, and just enjoying the ride.

  • This is a great post!! I am always multi tasking but I honestly can never really focus on the main important thing I am trying to accomplish. Especially when I am doing homework oh I am the absolute worst! Ill be trying to write a paper with my tv on, music playing, usually texting on my phone….not a great combo. SO yes I agree with you we should be constantly thinking of what we are doing.

  • you make a great point here. I am constantly thinking of what I’m not doing and its stressful. Since we are pushed to do more, it places stress on us, which is necessary only to a point

  • When the article says that “multitasking is soul sucking” I can’t help but agree. I multitask all the time, and even if I’m not, I’m always thinking about it in my head. This causes me to never be able to focus on one thing at a time and its really frustrating.

  • That’s a very good point. If you try to take on too many things at once you probably aren’t going to do them as effectively as if you put all your focus into one effort.

  • I think you bringing up cell phones Is great. I hate it when you’re trying to have a conversation with someone and they think they can multitask and read something on their phone, then they end up not even listening to what you said.

  • I agree with you. Seems that I am always doing at least 10 things at one time and half the time I don’t even realize it! “Soul sucking” alright, and just plain tiring, most days I’m exhausted and I have no idea why. This article is a very good insight.

  • We do not take the necessary time to relax and let ourselves think about the situation that is presented in front of us as a society. This is haunting because we are constantly looking for ways to get something else done while doing one task. However, this multitasking can be beneficial in certain ways such as doing school work.

  • I think this is very true to many people. I’ll be eating breakfast, checking my email, thinking about my next class, and then checking social media. Doing all these things at once is just constantly taking up my actual free time to just relax while I eat! This made me realize that I need to spend less time on a million things and try focusing on one thing at a time.

  • I loved reading this article! In our society, people live such routine and fast paced lives. All I see today are people constantly on their cell phones checking the latest updates and sending constant emails, whether this is while they are driving, at work, in class, or even at the gym. I feel that people are forgetting how to live. People are so dependent on their cell phones and are in constant need to be in contact with people 24/7. Why not slow down, put down your phone and observe the world around you? Life is so short, and you do not want to regret the things you missed in the past because you were too busy staring at you phone or computer screen. I think it is important to continue meeting new people around you and continue doing activities that you enjoy in life and just focus on that, instead of focusing on multiple things at once.

  • Set’s post although brief has much wisdom to it. We as people get so caught up in filling every possible second with a meaningless task that we never truly stop to just think about simple things.

  • I wholeheartedly agree with everything said in this article. There was a time when I would have proudly stated that I was great at multitasking and claim that I had enough concentration to go around in order to simultaneously focus well on different matters. The truth is, I may have done a pretty good job. However, I wasn’t completely in the zone, or feeling flow, on any of the things that I was engaging in. Experience has shown me that zeroing in on one specific activity brings greater gains in shorter periods of time. This insight allows me to conquer one challenge, and then have the extra time to move onto the next. I find that I do a great job and feel a greater sense of satisfaction with each win, rather than exhaustion brought about by trying to run in multiple directions all at once. Very well written article! –

  • Many people think it is high efficiency that to finish several things in a time. However, I think that to be absorbed in one thing at a time is more important than seeking a high efficiency. If you do it you will find that if you are absorbed in one thing at a time and do it carefully, it is a enjoying. And the thing will be finished Satisfactorily.

  • I agree with you. It is not easy to do. I am trying it now and I feeling good. I have change my time plan and try my best to do a new time management. A good time management will make a amazing change on your life.

  • This article actually reminds me of myself. It’s like I don’t want to miss out on anything. At the red light, I’ll pull out my phone without thinking. But it is true when you multitask, you’re not completing the task with 100 percent effort. This is something I feel society needs to work on. We need to focus on one thing at a time and enjoy the now. Most of all, we need to enjoy the people we are spending time with. It’s sad that when we are with our friends in person, we continue to still check our phones. We need to put 100 percent effort forth while we are in person with those friends.

  • As I began reading this article, the vibration of my phone led me to check it–An important E-mail I attended to right away. As I read further, I received a phone call… The reality of multitasking taking away from any singular experience is frightening in our world of ever-growing technologies.

    In respect to a passion that I have become experienced in and received the most enjoyment out of, I realize I have been able to give the entirety of my attention. My passion being dance, I am multitasking in the sense of multiple movements all at once, but not with my attention. My attention becomes very tunnel-like and I am only concentrated on what I am presently learning and doing. All of my belongings that could pose as distractions are left in another room (which I think is a big reason for my attention not wandering).

  • well written we as humans should always take a few moments in life to step back and enjoy nothing. Distract ourselves for our mundane and constantly busy lifestyles to really enjoy the things around us.

  • When I drive I usually do a lot of thinking. I sometimes think about the world and people around me. Reading this makes me think about how few people are actually taking time to think about what they are doing, not only in the moment but in life. So many of us are wrapped in social media and news that we are often upset about things that don’t pertain directly to us and our daily lives, which in turn change our attitude for the day. Many people we interact with may be getting reactions from us due to what we read on our phones instead of how our day has actually been. If more of us would do one thing at a time, I feel like people would focus more on their own lives and generally be nicer and happier to others.

  • I have been a big time believer of doing things primarily off a to-do list. I organize it by the structure of my day. i like to focus on getting one task done at a time because in this manner i feel as though I’m more productive. This article is relative to a video clip i saw but unfortunately could not find it to link it to this comment. In the clip the gentlemen finds himself passing up the opportunity to have a fortunate day potentially meeting someone he could spend the rest of his life with. In general we all need to just unplug sometimes and relax and like the article said “live in the moment.”

  • We drain ourselves daily by multitasking. We are constantly ‘on’ we never take the time and make a conscious decision to stop, and think. It sounds so easy, and yet, we are not doing it. Why? Our phones, are a huge thing. I myself, have issues with this. As soon as my phone goes off, do I wait? NO! I reach for it and reply to a text, or whatever. In no way is this healthy. Now, I understand it is important to have a phone for purposes that I need not say because we all have different reasons for having a phone. But, we should really think before we just grab for the phone all the time.

  • I agree, through being a full time student and working on the side, it can be incredibly challenging to balance everything out, without being completely stressed out most of the time. I also agree that its important to awknowledge the world around you, and to take a breath once in a while. Stress is not healthy and if the body is stressed out continually, it will eventually break down. That is why it’s important to try ones bet to balance your life out, so that stress does not overwhelm your entire life.

  • Thank you for sharing this article. I feel that multitasking is something that people do everyday, myself included. For example, there are always people on their phone either texting or on the internet and they are trying to have a conversation with the person next to them. Obviously they are not fully engaged in the conversation if they are on their phone talking to other people. I like to try and multitask. I feel that if I do multitask I will be getting more done. The truth is that it is probably making you slower because you aren’t fully concentrated on what you should be doing. This is something that everyone needs to work on.

  • I really feel like the habit to look at my phone all the time is hard to break. Something I have recently learned in order to break habits and its called the habit loop. First there is a cue followed by a routine and then the reward. You have to be able to diagnose the habit in order to change them. Start small when trying to change a behavior other wise its just unrealistic. Has anyone ever broken a habit of there’s? or made a behavior change? How did it affect you?

  • I think multitasking can help and be a problem. I think it is different with every person. There are enough surveys to say multitasking can help and hinder. Some days multitasking helps me immensley because i am all over the place and multiasking as strange as it sounds helps me. Other days i can only focus at one at a time. To me this article is a bit biased because he states oh well if this is a problem for me its a problem for everyone. I think it would be cool if he incorporated more data and both versions of what multitasking does for people and draw conculsions from that.

  • This post is perfect for our society. We, or at least I, am always thinking about everything I need to get done for the day or even the week. I tend to try a lot of multitasking and simply do not relax or focus on what is happening at the present moment. Multitasking is a dangerous activity to partake in. There have been studies that prove it to be nearly impossible. If we are doing one thing, why don’t we finish that one thing, then move onto the next thing on our list? It shouldn’t be that hard but we are interrupted with distractions.

  • Wow I guess I shouldn’t admit that was eating a sandwich and thought hmm maybe I should read a couple more articles while I eat. I like how you mention that when people decide to do more than one thing, they are deciding to do things poorly. Multitasking is seen as a strength in my eyes, but it is probably more accurate to describe it as a weakness since humans are so bad at it.

  • Yeah humans are terrible multitaskers… but why cant we stop doing it? Everyone has tried multitasking and probably failed. As my role model Ron Swanson says “don’t half ass two things, whole ass one thing.”

  • Seth, this is great advice. I do check my phone at stop lights or even when I take my kids to the park. I need to learn how to enjoy the moment or even to simply focus solely on the task at hand. I’m sure, if I kept track of it all, that at the end of the week, not only would the same amount of work get done, but each task would be done better! Thanks for your thoughts!

  • Doing one thing at a time is sometimes the fastest way of getting anything done. I actually have had this posted on my corkboard since I was a kid and still have it today. I love to multitask and try to get everything done but of course I do learn that it doesn’t work out and simply working at one at a time things are taken care of.

  • I love this. A big thing that is helpful is turn off your phone while doing homework, it gets the work done faster!!!

  • Time should be used to initiate, create,
    develop, build, and add value to the Life that exists in it. I believe everybody
    needs to constantly be reminded to redeem time. What we are and what we become
    depends on how we use our time. The billionaire and the beggar both have 24
    hours every day. Time cannot be stopped but humans can control how it will be
    used. Time is so powerful that whatever someone invests his time in he becomes. I think is a good idea to multitask if you can, redeem time.

  • I’ve actually been thinking about this a lot and trying to figure out how to stop doing it. I have tried leaving my phone at home when I go places so that I am not constantly on it. I have deleted apps so that I am not constantly getting notifications and I keep my phone on silent so I don’t get distracted when I get a call or text. I know that it is a problem for me to always be on my phone, but then I think about what people did 30 years ago when they didn’t have cell phones. If they can do it, I can do it! I don’t want to always be multitasking and not actually paying attention to what is going on in front of me.

  • This is so true! I am guilty of multi-tasking all the time. I am constantly trying to get more than one thing done at a time. But you are correct – I am not doing either of the things at the full potential. It is much better to do one thing at a time and focus on that specific thing. Many people are missing important parts of life because they are too busy focusing on what else they can be doing right then and there, or focusing on what they are going to be doing after rather than taking in the moment “now.” One thing at a time creates less stress too whether you think it does or not. You may feel it causes more stress only doing one thing because you are focusing on what else you have to do…but that all comes with good prioritizing skills. Things will work in your favor if you just do one thing at a time and focus on each moment of the day you are given.

  • This is a good idea, but the problem is how do you start? I am constantly sitting on my phone while trying to perform other tasks and it does get distracting at times.

  • Wow this is so true! Americans are huge multitaskers, myself included. I often get sucked into the mindset of thinking that i can easily to multiple things at once so that my to-do list will shrink quicker. I need to learn to slow down and not rush all the time. I even catch myself walking to class (early) in a very rushed manor when there is no need for me to do that. I am constantly going over and adding things to my daily to-do list and it gets very stressful. I need to learn how to slow down and manage my time better so that i don’t always feel rushed to get things done.

  • I completely agree with you. When i read your comment i thought about that phrase we have heard before that says to “stop and smell the roses”. During the school year i get overwhelmed with my school work and my job and i don’t always appreciate the world around me and the many things I’ve been blessed with.

  • Multitasking can lead us to committing errors. It is better to do one thing at a time but sometimes we feel rushed for completing so many things in one day.

  • I couldn’t have said it better myself. I am constantly annoyed that at social gatherings, or in class everyone has to be half listening to what someone is saying and half paying attention to what’s on their phone screens. This isn’t to say I’m not guilty of it myself, but I am still aggravated by it. I find myself talking on the phone and doing something else at the same time instead of just enjoying the conversation. At times I even have to watch tv and look at my phone simultaneously.

  • I agree life is very exhausting as it is and when you add the task of trying to always do two things at once it’s overwhelming. People would probably more at ease if they took some time to relax and focus on just one thing.

  • This is a great post. It is so true about us always having a desire to do something. It often takes our attention away form one thing and places it within another. When we attempt this we are doing two things at once, but we are not doing them well.

  • I couldn’t tell people how many “multitasking doesn’t work” articles. its proven that people not only don’t get as much done but don’t retain any thing they actually did. Not to mention how much easier it is to just stay organized and complete one task at a time.

  • I agree with you! iit just seems to be a part
    of life. As far as the example of being on the phone while driving, I
    believe it should be illegal everywhere. Too many people have lost their
    lives over sending a text, checking an email, or calling someone. Great
    point, I like it

  • Thank you for posting this article! I love how it was said that we should enjoy what we are doing at any given time and not try and think what we should be doing next. I found myself doing this all the time! After reading this post I now realize I need to step back and just try to do my best at the task at hand, the quality of the work will be that much greater.

  • I love this article! The biggest distraction/soul sucker in my opinion are cell phones, smart phones in particular. I challenge everyone to if possible spend a few days a month off their cell phones. Its pretty relaxing and feels almost therapeutic.

  • Multi-tasking is bitter sweet. You can get a lot done at work if you multitask but the quality of the work will be poor. Everyone has multitasked before and should know how exhausting it can be. Take a deep breath and just focus on one thing at a time. You’ll come to find you won’t be as stressed out.

  • I agree that humans are really not the best multitasks. While it is manageable, it is not safe or polite in any circumstance. In this evolving, technological world, we often find ourselves relying on technology or always trying to increase our productivity. While being productive is a great quality, there is a right and wrong time for it, and it is most important to focus on our health and ourselves throughout the day and take things slower. We, and that includes me, must all work on doing one thing at a time and slowing down in this fast moving world.

  • Humans are horrible multitaskers and people think that they can text and drive at a stop light or when they are driving. Eventually they will get in a car crash and be injured for the rest of their life, they could die, or they could be honked at because they missed the light of when to go. Everyone moves and thinks too fast sometimes and we all need to focus on doing one thing at a time.

  • Wow! What an article. I cannot believe how realistic it is. Humans are horrible at so many things. It doesn’t make any sense of how old we are, we are always constantly checking our phones. We have to be up to date on the world going on around us. We forget what is right in front of us sometimes.

  • I think it is super stressful when one is thinking about all the things they aren’t doing but need to do. I really like this article, reminds us to take a step back and relax. sometimes doing many things at one time can overwhelm a person and they wont be as efficient

  • I know i’m a horrible multitasker. I am slowly trying to remove distractions from my life. While its hard to get away from my phone, sometimes I just shut off my data. That way if someone needs to get a hold of me they can but I don’t have constant notifications from facebook and instagram. It also helps if the people around you are not on their phone, then you an act like humans and talk to each other.

  • I agree with your comment, Brooke. Today people can barely finish a conversation with a family member or a friend without having to check their cell phones. I have also noticed, that people have almost forgotten how to interact with new people in person, they just take out their phones to get rid of the “awkwardness”. The society needs to focus on putting their social media aside and listening to the people in front of them. Multitasking is not beneficial for anyone, If anything it causes more problems. We, as a society, need to slow down and take things one at a time.

  • This article directly speaks to me. I’m found of messaging while study. I feel like at the end of the day I have learned nothing at all, this kills my soul for not concentrating on one thing

  • The whole being on your phone all the time thing is something that is getting out of control. I’m fearful of this younger generation I see in my lower level classes. In fact, in one class our professor is actually rewarding us with the answers to the final if we go this entire semester without anyone pulling out their phone or using their laptop. So far we’ve kept it up.

  • I completely agree that we are awful at multitaskers haha the hard thing is doing all of these things at once. But it’s also hard to know that what we are actually missing out on in life by focusing on so many other things than just enjoying life as it is.

  • Stop and Smell the Roses, it really does make a difference if you just look around and see what our great world has to offer and get your head out of what you have to do next or what your are not doing. I believe this would really work especially at work. Imagine how much better our work would be if you had your entire mind on just that one thing and not worry about what else we have to do.

  • I think that with the advancement and technology, we are encouraged to always stay up-to-date. It it hard to focus on one thing at a time, when the phone is next to you, constantly going off with new notifications. I think that we need to tell ourselves that it is ok to focus on one thing at a time, and that the text message we received can wait to be checked until we complete our current task.

  • This was very informative! Because I am constantly multitasking, I know that it can actually cause more harm then good. I notice that I am stressed when I am multitasking compared to when I am only focused on one task. To reduce stress and confusion in our daily lives, we should make it a priority to reduce our multitasking, which will help us enjoy life more overall!

  • I think today’s society contributes to this more then ever like the author said. I think its the thought that they are missing out on something that attracts people to their phone or other distractions so readily. Its also this silly notion of extreme boredom. People now a days act like they have to be doing something every waking moment or they’re just going to literally collapse and die of boredom. Like the article said people just need to slow down and enjoy the little things, rule #32 on the list to surviving zombieland.

  • I thought this was an excellent article on focusing on the present, and devoting your time and attention to the thing at hand. This article really opened my mind in terms of the possible negative side effects that multitasking can bring on. I thought the quote that, multitasking is soul sucking was very eye catching and thought provoking. I couldn’t agree more when the author talked about how we can very easily lose ourselves in the moment, when we start to multitask and can never really be present. We are missing entire experiences when we never really experience a true moment in our day. If we could all just put the phone down, and tablet or computer away when doing something that doesn’t need those tools. I am going to be more mindful of this. Great article.

  • We all are not good at multitasking, even though some say they are. You may able to multitask but not efficiently, your full attention is not on one specific thing, it is on several. I find myself doing this a lot at work, I do not focus on one thing so I will not produce the best work by focusing on multiple things.

  • I have spent, not invested, time in trying to multitask. I even got a job at a call center where life was multitasking. I was never happy in that job and after two years of what was literally hell I left and went back to driving school buses. Which is still multitasking but its half physical and half cognitive. Outside of that I have started to just do one thing at a time until that thing is finished or until I hit a block. When I hit that block I usually stop the project and move on to another. The reason is that I am giving myself a break which gives me the time I need to come up with a solution. I just read an article that talks about doing something for ten minutes than move onto another idea or project for ten minutes and so on. I think I am going to try that because I get bored and distracted easily by my imagination. Anyways time to start that paper that’s due in a couple of hours 😛

  • This is not only true for small things like checking email when at a traffic light, it applies to larger life goals as well. I recently piled a bunch of cool things on my plate, knowing I didn’t have to time to do them all well. I eventually had to drop something which made me and the people I was working with look bad. Don’t half-ass a bunch of things, whole-ass a few things.

  • This article makes a good point about life always being exhausting. The author is right when he says that we have control over our distractions. I am guilty of this myself, mostly because i always feel like i need to pack my schedule full, but like the author writes, I am robbing myself of time to think. This time is important and I,, like many others should take the time to just step back and take some relief off of my shoulders.

  • I love this post. People always have to be doing something and they forget to just live and enjoy what they are doing at the moment. He’s right we are terrible multitaskers and we should stop and just enjoy life and live in the moment. Very thoughtful post, thank you for sharing.

  • I completely agree with this.
    This lifestyle of “I can do one more thing” is not healthy. In fact, it is often detrimental in that your time can get so clogged up that you become spent and do not give the task your all, nor your physical body.
    Focusing on one task at a time is probably one of the best ways to dodge burnout, besides varying your routine.
    It is even a scientific fact that our brains cannot multitask, no matter what women say.
    The way it works is that your brain switches from the one thing to the other very quickly. And when it happens that those activities are drastically different from one another, how can your mind make that smooth transition (especially when you’re going to go right back to the other thing?) to actually understand what it is doing for the briefest of moments.

  • Love that quote and I 100% agree with it! If we put all our time into one thing, it would be so much better than multiple things, that are just mediocre. Taking time to relax and concentrate on one thing is tough when we all have such busy schedules but in the long run it will be worth it.

  • I am horrible at multi tasking so this shouldn’t be an issue; however, my phone is always available at a stop light.

  • Just don’t be that person who holds misses the light change and only leaves enough time form them to get through.

  • Yeah, me too. When the school year starts back up again, it’s hard to balance my life sometimes and it does get overwhelming. There are times when I feel stuck and I just want to just give up when things get too challenging… However, when I take a step back and see how far I have come, it makes me realize that things get hard sometimes but if you continue to push forward, and keep trying the best you can, then good things happen. It does make you realize all the things you are blessed with when you take the time to count your blessings.

  • Unfortunately multitasking is something that causes us to forget what is going on in the world around where we physically are. Taking the time to do one thing at a time set the phone down and just drive will be much more relaxing. Thanks for the article, it is important to be reminded of the important things in life and not get caught up in technology.

  • It seems so easy to forget that we have control over our distractions. Like you, I also pack a full schedule and fill in extra time with more distractions. Using that time to think would be very beneficial in the long run.

  • I completely agree, many people will check their phones while having a conversation with you. If we put our phones down, we will be much more successful.

  • I enjoyed this article because it is something that relates to everyone. I always try to multitask and up doing a poor job on the main thing I was trying to complete to start with. I wonder why we are unable to multitask even the simplest tasks.

  • Perfect quote! I wonder the same thing why cant we stop attempting to multitask even though we know we fail at it.

  • I really liked your point of we need to appreciate the important things in life and not get caught up with technology. multitasking personally makes me stressed and gives me anxiety when I try to accomplish more than I can handle at a single moment.

  • that is a very true article regarding multitasking, and now that I think about it I don’t get to enjoy what im doing because im more worry on doing multiple things right all at once, I will try to focus more on one task than on many and see how much different it will feel.

  • haha that is a nice and very truthful quote, I bet our efficiency will increase by a large margin if we solely focus on one task instead of multiple.

  • This makes sense but the question is how to stop. Before I even realize it I am sitting on my phone even when around my friends then I am not even paying attention to what they are saying. I am terrible at this.

  • Bravo! I am a single-tasker and I enjoy life. Therefore, single-taskers enjoy life. This logic doesn’t have any fallacies at all. (Wink, wink.)

  • I think humans trying to multi task so much has taken away the ability to focus really hard on one thing. something I need to work on

  • I couldn’t agree more. As a college student, I balance work, classes, assignments projects and exams all while being broke. I’ve learned it would be the death of me to constantly be doing more than one thing at once

  • I agree with you! I really liked your point with setting the phone down. Technology is something that has taken over everyones life. We just need to take a step back, relax, and we will know everything will come through. There is a lot of pressure on me when I multitask. I just need to get one thing done then cross it off my list and move to the next thing.

  • Nice quote, I agree with both Ron and Seth. When we multitask we don’t give our full attention to either or all of the tasks we are doing so nothing is done as well as it would be if we were to devote all our energy to it.

  • Great point, But I feel that in this society it is very hard not to multitask. Hard work is honorable and getting more done fast is even better. We work ourselves so hard so we can have a little break and then feel bad if we aren’t doing anything in that time we take off. So unfortunately, I don’t think it is truly possible to stop multitasking, but I do think we should try to do it less, so that we can have more quality work.

  • I agree with what you said that it seems impossible to stop multitasking completely. Everything now a days is go go go so it’s hard to just sit back and do one thing at a time. But like you also said, if we become more aware of our actions we can appreciate what we are doing just a little bit more.

  • I will be the first to admit I can not focus on one thing at a time. While I am doing anything I always need to have my phone there just in case I feel the need to send an email, text, snapchat, facebook message anything. I feel like my life is so busy I need to find time to do things that I like or that relax me. Driving is probably the worst time to multi-task. you need to be focused on the road. You have a machine that could kill someone in an instant and that is a scary thought. You need to be 100% focused or something bad could happen.

  • That is an awesome quote! But to answer why can’t we stop multitasking I think it is because people feel like they need to be busy all the time. If you aren’t busy and haven’t planed out 100% of your day you are being lazy. People over plan. Parents put kids in too many sports so they don’t get their homework done unless they are driving to practice and doing it. Adults schedule so many meetings in their work place that they want to have a social life with friends they have to text them while driving. College kids join so many activities they don’t sleep for the four years of college. I find it funny that two of my three examples have to do with being in a car. Why is that now the place to do anything. It is unsafe for adults to drive and use their phones but having kids do homework in the car is teaching them that the car is where you get business done.

  • I’ve read about the information addictions that are almost a huge part of this day and age. Multitasking, i think, is a large part of that addiction. Im guilty of it, as many people are, but i don’t think it is always a bad thing. Sometimes things need to get done, and it is what needs to be done. But enjoying life in the moment is ultimately what each person should strive for

  • I’m glad you are always able to take a step back, reevaluate, and then continue to press on. It is all worth it once we finish school and get to have a real job that we enjoy!

  • I agree Seth. When I lived in Colorado I went to Boulder to slow down and enjoy nature. A few years ago I committed to never use my cell phone while driving and just concentrate on driving. I try to extend this idea into other aspects of life and while doing one task I try to turn off email and concentrate on what I’m doing.

  • “Constantly thinking about what you are not doing” is concept in the post that really stood out to me. Many times, we are always doing one thing while worrying about something else. For example, I do this all the time when I’m doing a homework assignment that is due that night, but still worrying about a test that is in a couple of days. Multitasking is a okay to do in sometimes, but other times it is better and will be more efficient to just do one thing at a time and prioritize.

  • And not only is it so hard to not multitask, but it is frowned upon. Even in the most minute situations, like sitting at a bus stop. everybody is on their phones thinking that if the sit there staring into space, they are then wasting their valuable time.

  • I like that quote. It’s perfect for me because I am always trying to get as many things done as I possibly can in the shortest amount of time. Even if it’s simply reading while biking at the gym. I always feel like I have to be doing something else.

  • I feel as though the reason that we can’t stop multitasking is because our world is so full gadgets to help us fill every second of our day with. I think the key is to get rid of some of these pointless distractions but I doubt humans would be able to give these up easily.

  • I definitely love the quote. I think that people don’t really multi-task. I think that we switch between multiple things very fast. If you try counting from 1-26 and alternating your alphabets in between it will take you much longer than if you were to say your alphabets and numbers separately.

  • I thought you brought forward a lot of interesting points. I never thought about how having kids do homework in the car is teaching them that the car is where you get business done. When I think about it, that is so true! And you are right. We do live in a world where people have to constantly plan and be busy. People are overbearing their lives with all these things to do and they are not taking the time to focus on themselves as a person. They are failing to take the time to focus on the needs of the people around them as well. One of the main reasons as to why people are stressed is because they try to do all these different things at once, and it’s simply impossible. Multitasking does not make anything easier. It just makes the tasks a lot harder to accomplish in one day.

  • This is so true! It is not only soul sucking, but dangerous to yourself and others. Constantly being on your phone while driving puts your life and other people’s lives in danger. I totally agree that humans were not made to multi-task. I know that when I do it, I defintely do not give my full potential to either of the things im trying to accomplish.

  • I am so so sooo guilty of this. It’s actually pretty bad, I feel bad if I have open time and feel like I need to be doing something else. I should really try and get a handle on that, sooner than later!

  • It is something I used to do as a kid. I am a swimmer and have been swimming since I was 10 so when my dad would drive me to practice it was the only time I could get homework done because I liked to go to bed really early I was tired after practice and would either just go to bed or want to relax with tv. The car is not the place to get homework done. I probably would have learned more and hand better handwriting if i I had it at a table or computer.

  • I completely agree with you. In a class I am taking it is proven that if you take on too much your job performance is lowered.Not only does it negatively affect your performance but it also takes a toll on your body.

  • I agree with this great post! We miss out on the moment when we try to multitask and end up being “spread too thin” to accomplish anything as well as we could have without multitasking

  • I am a constant multitasker. When I do not multitask, I feel as if my anxiety level increases and I also feel as if I do not have enough time to do everything I want to do during the day. I would agree that it is better to focus on one thing at a time, but it is a way to keep myself busy.

  • never thought about that but yes it makes total sense that our bodies and minds will eventually wear down from taking on too many things or tasks to do.

  • I love love love this! I too find myself always multitasking. On my walk to class, I check my phone. Bored in the car, check my phone. Bored in class, check my phone while even still listening. It’s unbelievable that I can recognize it but it’s just became such a norm in society that it really never seemed like an issue to me.

  • Thank you for this. I was just thinking that if I’m ever not busy, I feel lost. On a day to day basis I need to know what’s going on. I need to be constantly sure of what my week holds, or even month or next year. I’m always planning what to do next. I definitely need to work on taking it one day at a time.

  • I feel like as humans we get bored only doing one task at a time. We are so use to being stimulated by multiple things that when we have to focus on only one task it doesn’t interest us.

  • Me too I always have to have at least 3 different things going on at the same time it feels like. I can’t just stick to one thing I need to be constantly busy or I feel like I am wasting my time or something.
    I need to learn how to relax but that is something I am not comfortable doing.

  • This article is so true. Many people suck at multitasking, I know for one that I do. And sometimes we just need to stop and “smell the roses”. We live such busy lives always go, go, go and sometimes life catches up to us and we find ourselves multitasking all the time to get stuff done, which can be extremely stress and that stress is taking a toll on our bodies which is not healthy.

  • Thank you for sharing this article. I loved reading this because I totally agree that we need to stop in those moments that we are able and just think. We all need time to just breathe and I really don’t think people take that time enough. Every moment filled with doing at least something, never nothing. I also agree with how you said when you are doing two tasks you really aren’t doing either of them. Focusing on one thing is so much more important than people think.

  • I am guilty of all of this. I’m a huge multitasker and thinking about it, I definitely don’t do things to the fullest because of it.

  • Usually my multi tasking is spent doing one activity that I really need to get done and the other is just something stupid that ends up distracting me. The distraction just ends up making the original task take twice as long.

  • I have this same exact problem, as I’m sure almost everybody else in this day and age does. The technology we have is constantly notifying us(literally) dozens of times a day. This takes our mind off things we should be paying attention to, to something that may be of less importance. An example would be while writing a paper on your computer, a notification flashes across your screen to watch a video of a cat on Facebook.

  • This is very true, our society presses on us that high stress environments are good and cause us to be more efficient and get more things done. This may be true, but the quality of the work we do like this is probably not so good. Stress feeds off of stress and sometimes people don’t even know the toll it is taking on their body, because they feel it is normal because it has been that way for so long.

  • I love that quote because it is so true! Us women love to multi task and get everything done fast and quick. Managing your time and making a schedule will help get what you need to be done in an orderly manner. I agree it is better to never half ass anything, but to give it your full potential.

  • multi tasking is something that i feel like i am always trying to do, but am never really good at. Focusing on just one task really hard versus 10 tasks barely seems to be the best strategy for my life. Im the type of person who can only listen to one person speaking at a time so I think multi-tasking just might not be my thing

  • I agree that we are not slaves to the various distractions and devices. But in the fast paced world we live in, it is so hard to not be doing something at any given point in time. We are trained to feel like we are wasting time when something is not being done. While waiting at the stop light for 2 minutes we can be doing two things at once. Maybe constant multitasking is soul sucking but it’s the environment that the majority of us are used to. I know that I hate to just sit still so I doubt I will ever be able to do what your suggesting but I’ll give it a try! Thanks for sharing.

  • True. The Multi-task theory support this idea that humans were not made to perform many task at the same time. The cognitive system is incapable to focus in more than one activity and be successful as well. So, is up to you decide if you want quantity or quality.

  • I like the points you have made. I don’t think many people know about decision fatigue. Our mornings should be more simple and relaxing instead of filling them with unnecessary thoughts and decisions. Our mental energy is consumed by the technology we use and should be more focused on the things that matter.

  • Yes, multitasking can be helpful but it takes away from the different tasks you are doing. I completely agree that it is better to give a task your full potential. Even if it takes you a littler longer you should still focus on one thing at a time.

  • Humans love to be able to get things done quick and just move on to the next activity they have instead of taking their time and doing the job well. One saying I think that goes along well with this article is quality over quantity, by getting stuff done well instead of just fast you will feel more accomplished and also it will helped you feel less rushed to get stuff done.

  • Humans will always have a way to be intertwined in more than one activity at most times of the day. All of the electronics we have in the world today make it hard to not be on them and like a lot of other people are saying in the comments there are so many notifications that we get throughout the day that we are just constantly thinking about other stuff as well.

  • I see this all the time and have been guilty of this once or twice. People texting and driving trying to do so many things at once. This article reminds me of the simple things in life without all this technology around us. I believe that focusing on one thing at a time helps you accomplish your goals in a timely manner rather than being spread all over the grid. Technology has made us this way. It wasn’t before cell phones emerged and people would never be constantly checking their phones and social media.

  • I was attempting to multitask as I was reading this very blog. My friend was trying to have a conversation with me as I was reading and I gave her a short answer and then had to go back and re-read the beginning part that I didn’t really read the first time. Multitasking will always happen because we try to take on as many things as possible and try to get them done as soon as possible and we just have to go back and fix it later so what is the point? This blog was great thanks for sharing!

  • We all know we are horrible multitaskers yet we all continue to do it. It can be dangerous most of the time, like texting and doing anything else is pretty dangerous. I think it’s sad that some people can’t go a car ride with out touching their phone. I am guilty of it. I think we are so wrapped up in technology that we forget to appreciate the other parts of life.

  • It would be nice to do only one thing at a time, but is it possible. We have such a instance accesses society. could we even go a week with out a cellphone which we had to upgrade to smart phones. Could we even do it?

  • I think this is a great article! Growing up you get told to multi-task so you can increase your productivity. I believe this is good, but not all the time. As a busy college student, I feel the need to always do more than one thing at a time. Recently, I found myself making dinner, working on a group project, and having a conversation with my mom on the phone. Why couldn’t I do one of those things separately? I don’t know, but if I concentrated more when I was on the phone with my mom, then I might have been more engaged in the conversation.

  • I would love to do one thing at a time in many situations. But it seems no matter what, when doing homework, studying and even reading – there’s always something else I’m doing. And it usually has to do with technology – yes, my phone. It seems that if it’s near me, no matter what I’m doing, I have to constantly keep checking it thinking that I’m missing something. Great point it saying “when you’re doing two things you’re doing neith of them well.” When I’m a football practice or in team meetings, these are about the only times I’m focusing on one thing at a time and my full attention is given. I have a couple of teachers who do not allow our phones on in class and I should probably make myself do this for each class so I’m fully concentrating on what is being taught and not what messge is coming in next on my phone.

  • I think people like to multitask in order to ease anxiety. People get so overwhelmed with all the stuff they have to get done in a day. When only doing one thing, it seems like there’s so little time and so much to do, so they can’t help but multitask. This feeds onto their anxiety, because in the long run, they aren’t getting as much stuff done, and it becomes a vicious cycle.

  • As people, I believe that we all think we are good at multitasking. Bosses expect us to do more and more each day and expect more out of you as a person and during work. In reality, we are not all good at mutlitasking and like he said it is soul sucking at times. I think we either are and aren’t good at multitasking and if you are not good at it then try and take one thing at a time.

  • That is a really good point on not give our full attention to one thing. Thanks for posting

  • That point is so true I can feel it in my body when i am overwhelmed. Thank you for posting.

  • I feel like i find myself trying to multi-task all of the time, yet i also feel like it stresses me out more. I always feel like if i can get something done as fast as possible, i can move on and do something else. I agree with this article. I think by taking a step back from certain multi-tasking activities can help eliminate stress and give us greater awareness of all our surroundings.

  • That a good point. why do we. I agree with you on the perfect quote thing. Thank you for posting.

  • I agree. Technology today can be a wonderful thing because it can be so useful and practical. However, i also feel that all of the electronics take a lot away from us. Some devices honestly do help us connect with people but they are also destroying our ability to socialize face-to-face.

  • I try so hard to multitask and fail miserably when I get to overwhelmed. I have enlisted the help of friends and family members to help me when I am feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. I never really liked asking for help, because I felt like other people were too busy. It think people generally want to help out. I realized when I multitask, nothing is ever done 100%. Everything is done, but I only put about 50% effort into my projects. I think that it’s a great idea to focus on one project at a time and DON’T PROCRASTINATE!

  • I agree with you. When I am not busy, I don’t know what to do with myself. I feel so restless. I guess I feel that why when I am too overwhelmed though as well. So I don’t know if I prefer being really busy or not busy at all. My schedule is pretty consistent each week. Some weeks are busier than others. I agree that I should start taking one day at a time. It gets to be a little overwhelming when I realize that I have 100 projects to do and only have a week to complete them all. I’ve been trying to prioritize my assignments and projects so that I can focus on each one and provide my undivided attention to each project.

  • I feel like now a days we are in a world where multitasking is something that most people do. We can’t just eat dinner or watch TV, we have to eat dinner while we watch TV. Or we can’t just watch TV/a movie or go on the internet or text someone, we have to text people, while we’re on the computer and watching TV. I’m guilty of that all the time, in fact I’m doing that now. I think that I personally have to just focus on one thing at a time so that I can give my best work and effort to each task.

  • I total agree with you that we are multi takers. For example the biggest multi taking part on the UW-whitewater campus would be people head phone in listening to music and texting on their phone while walking to class. Yes, I do this sometime and I will check me phone every you for new Facebook messages or text messages from friends and family.

  • It is sad that in today’s society, technology is hindering our abilities in some ways. There are people who are so glued to their phones for periods of time that they don’t even know when somebody is talking to them. It may be difficult to multitask but technology isn’t making us improving any better. It is just taking away from our natural abilities sometimes and could disconnect us from the world at times.

  • Ron Swanson is the man! Good question though. I’ll try doing many things at once and I just can’t give 100% to everything.

  • I love this article! It is time to just stop what you’re doing and take in the moment. I’ll admit right now that I am guilty of always being on my phone and checking it at any given time. But I agree with this article that it is important to stop multitasking all the time and take a second to just look around. When we are constantly doing something we miss the good stuff right in front us. If we never take time to look up from our phone, life will flash before our eyes before we know it and we wont be able to appreciate anything.

  • The idea that constantly multitasking is soul-sucking really stuck with me, because I find myself multitasking way too much. Once I realize that I’m multitasking, I regret not giving my full attention to one thing in order to enjoy it as much as possible.

  • I don’t agree with multi-tasking being harmful and counterproductive. It is different for everyone, but I think that most people should be able to get two things done at once. This also depends on the importance of what you need to get done and how you prioritize your to-do list. Don’t get me wrong though. Focusing on one thing isn’t bad either.

  • multitasking is never good because you are not fully paying attention to the main goal or whatever you are working at that time. i agree that when we try to multitask that nothing is really getting done and we aren’t paying attention to either of the tasks that are being done.

  • People think that thy are better multitaskers then they really are. There has been numerous studies that show this but people still feel nothing bad will happen to them because they are the ones in control. We need to become more focused like you said on one task at a time and do it exceptionally well.

  • I agree. I do much better and I am much more productive when I focus on one task. I get so overwhelmed when I try to do too many tasks. I feel like I am in control when I focus on one task.

  • Things need to be given priority in order to multitask. Health needs to come first, then the rest can be filled in by each individual person there needs differ.

  • Multitasking needs to be done within reason. It shouldn’t be done while driving, it should be done in your office or at your desk while working. It can be a useful tool when you find yourself with a lot on your plate.

  • Constantly multitasking is soul sucking – profound words; do employers understand that? How many hours a day are we trained to do just that in our jobs?
    I know I struggle even in my “alone time” with my significant other, luckily he has had a sense of humor (so far) about it. Being present even if it is for a minute will probably help me remember who I am.

  • I wish I could multitask! For me personally, I can only really do one thing at a time because everything I do, I want to do well and to the best of my ability, which requires all my focus. If I had the ability to multitask, I could get so much more done but my mind simply can’t do that. I can see a benefit to multitasking as well as focusing on one task!