It’s easy to feel that if you’re not doing 10 things at once, you’re not doing enough. We’ve created a world for ourselves where there’s always something on our to-do list, and failure to achieve any one of them feels like failing at life. Then, because your attention is scattered, you end up doing each task half as well as you could have, which leaves you feeling even further behind.
But this isn’t just a question of quality of performance, it’s about quality of life. Life is better, everything is better when we’re present. When we’re focused wholeheartedly on the thing we’re doing right now. Here’s Leo Babauta’s take on the subject:
Every now and then, I have to remind myself to do one thing at a time.
The tendency to try to do a whole bunch of things seems to be a natural result of my wanting to get everything done as soon as I can. Many browser tabs open, switching between one thing and the next, endlessly, endlessly.
No wonder I can never focus on anything!
Then I remember to do one thing at a time, and it’s like coming home.