Mutlitasking and focus

“Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.” ~Zhuangzi

Remain present in this moment; focus and be productive.  Find your flow; float freely in the ever flowing stream of the here and now… Focus and give great attention to the task at hand.

The human brain can only concentrate on one task a a time, and in the fast paced modern world there is far too much emphasis on ‘multi-tasking’. The human brain cannot fully focus when multitasking. Tasks take longer to complete and people are predisposed to error.

Our minds engage in what neurologists and psychologists have dubbed ‘task-switching’. This process leads to wasted time as the brain bottlenecks and determines which stimulus to respond to or which task to perform.

When presented with overwhelming amounts of information, the brain is forced to pause and refocus continuously between competing stimuli. In actuality, there is no human equivalent of ‘multitasking’ but rather a rapid toggling between multiple tasks rather than simultaneous processing.

Part of the brain allows humans to leave a task when it’s incomplete, switch to a separate task and later return to the same place and continue with the original task.

“There is time enough for everything in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at once, but there is not time enough in the year, if you will do two things at a time.” ~Lord Chesterfield

A singular focus is a practical way to organize your time. It is a mark of higher intelligence, to focus with steady undiluted attention to one object. The agitated, frantic and frivolous pursuit of ‘multitasking’ may make you seem busier but it is merely the guise of productivity, covering the true nature.