Don’t let proxy multi-taking get in the way of your effectiveness
Why the perceived benefits of multitasking are holding you back.
How might you be getting in your own way?
It’s a phrase we hear from time to time….’The grass is greener on the other side of the fence’. Yet is it really? I recall so many times that I have swapped and changed from one focus to another, or from one task to another, only to find the urge to ‘chop and change’ again soon after.
I wonder how often we consciously, or unconsciously for that matter, actually engage in ‘restless behaviours’ or even ‘restlessness in our thinking’? How often do we feel the compulsion to do something different? After all, as a leader being able to multitask is an admirable quality…… isn’t it?
Do you ever feel the compulsion to shift focus to something else so, sometimes impatient with the ‘here and now’?
Do you find yourself actively giving lots of time to activities that you feel are more interesting, and away from others that you perceive to be a little ‘boring’ -regardless of significance or importance?
Are you a ‘juggler’, often having many things on the go at the same time?
Do you find yourself sometimes looking for the next new thing to give your attention to, drawn to the excitement of it new experiences?
Does aspiring towards things being ‘just right’ feel like a life’s work – something that brings an inner sense of satisfaction?
Well, if so, it turns out you are not alone. It seems that there are those in leadership who, despite having many admirable qualities and well-developed skills, feel an inner compulsion to constantly seek new experiences, swapping and changing focus like seconds ticking on a clock.
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