You’re Not Smart When You Multi-Task
Reports have repeatedly shown we ‘multi task’ our concentration away and get less done. We’re distracted and lose the focus of delivering and completing projects. It leaves us frazzled, irritated and stressed. In conversations with others, this is not only an unproductive way of communicating, but it can be rude and risks details being missed.
Multi-tasking is over-rated, especially when those that pay the cost are those receiving your poor attention. Determine two things: the type of activity and the type of conversation. Some activities pair well: Washing up and chats about the week. Some not so well. Writing a book and a conversation about next years social strategy. If in doubt, put it down. They’ll always be more tasks. There wont always be more quality time.
Next time you’re in a conversation and the multi tasking temptation is raising it’s head, ask yourself this question: What would make this conversation inspirational and transformational so there isn’t room to think about anything else?
Prepare questions that really grab your attention. And if you’re both not able to create or need that full attention on the conversation, then perhaps your meeting the wrong people.