It’s 8:44 AM and I have fourteen tabs and three word docs open on my computer. I don’t even officially start work for another 16 minutes, and I’m already overwhelmed.
One of the many perks of my job is being able to work with ridiculously smart people. One of them shared this video with the NYC office while I was visiting, and I think it might literally change my life.
“Singletasking is the new multitasking” – a video from the Atlantic
The premise – you get more done with better results when you finish one thing at a time, close the door, and then move on to the next thing. Even just one day a week – Tabless Thursday – can make a difference in changing how you complete projects and how you feel about life. I personally find a hard time doing this even outside of work – I’d rather leave things open than say “I won’t make it to that party” or “I’m not sure there’s a spark here.” My dream is that trying this for one day to start might give me some peace at work – and then also transfer over into the rest of life.
So if you can’t find me online today, assume that it’s because I’m off doing one thing at a time. If you try it too, let me know how you do! One fewer tab at a time, we can break away from the tendency to multitask every minute of our lives.
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