Posted in multitasking, slow living, Stress Management, work-life balance

Stop multitasking!

Stop multitasking! I mean it . Just stop doing yourself in and exhausting yourself. Stop trying to be at work, manage your child’s illness, work out where the dog is going to stay while you are away, answering the phone while you are filing papers and trying to work out what is for dinner tonight. Stop it. Now. Some people seem to take an incredible amount of pride in being over busy. They are driven and don’t notice because they have this competitive thing inside of them which says they have to do more and be better and on and on they go. Others try and keep up and the impact on all concerned can be devastating. I have made a conscious effort to do one thing at a time this year and to do each thing properly. It’s amazing, when you do that,  you realise what a trap this multitasking is, how frenetic life is and how frantic everyone is. They don’t have time, they don’t have energy and they keep pushing you off because they have something else to do. Or they are shoving it your way because they have too  much to do. Doing one thing at a time takes patience and practice I can tell you. There is a great post on the Upside Learning blog about how Peter Bregman of Harvard’s Business Review spent a week not multitasking and how he felt about it. Don’t just read the post, read the comment too because they say so much about our notion of multitasking. We need to stop it.


Retired Adelaide based professional. Lived here most of my life. I have been a teacher of French, English and German since 1974 and value the capacity of the classroom, wherever that might be, to write on the lives of others.

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