It’s true to say that most of us find it hard to focus on more than one thing at a time, although in reality we are constantly having many things going on at once and coping with them very well. Most of those things are handled in our sub conscious mind and we don’t even realise we are doing them. Some are born of habit, others a natural reaction to the things around us.
But what I am talking about is consciously doing two or more things at the same time. For example, I can’t have the telly on when I’m reading, and I find it difficult to have a conversation while I’m driving (unless it’s mindless motorway driving or somewhere I’ve been so many times I know the route off by heart!) I can’t chat while I negotiate junctions or roundabouts – it’s just a fact of my life.
Last night I found myself on two webinars at the same time. It was the most bizarre experience. I desperately wanted to attend both live and not have to make do with the replays, so I logged on to one on my main computer and the other on my laptop which was sitting on a side table alongside me.
I have to say I would not have done this had I not known half the content of each webinar before hand, I was hoping that the content that was unique to me would come at different times on each webinar, and it did! I was able to interact on both and furiously made notes at the appropriate times.
As bloggers we have to give ourselves credit for our ability to multi task all the time. Do you carry a notebook and jot down ideas and inspiration when it comes to you? Just because you are in the park playing with your children doesn’t mean a small part of your consciousness isn’t looking for that creative opportunity.
At a dinner party with friends? How many of you have jotted down an idea on a stray till receipt from your pocket while you have a cigarette break then manipulated the discussion around the table to further develop your idea?
If you are a serious blogger part of your conscious self will be working on your business the whole time. Whilst this is, to a certain extent, a good thing, you do have to learn to switch off from time to time and do just one thing that does not involve work and helps you to relax. Life isn’t all about business and we don’t have to multi task all the time.