Final Thoughts on Multitasking

Multitasking is one of those things I think about often. I think about it's true meaning. I think about the pros and cons of what the implied defenition of multitasking is. I debate myself on the subject as to whether I truly multitask and if so, do I do it correctly?  Well, as of this post, I am done overthinking it. 

The ability to multitask has been something I have been wanting to not only achieve but master for some time. However, after years of practicing this supposed art, I have come to the conclusion that my idea of multitasking is a fantasy. As I sit here trying to post this piece, I am also trying to give 100% of my attention to John Sircusa as he talks about his workflow on Mac Power Users.  It can't be done. (Never has the 30 second rewind button come in so handy.) My brain can't possibly process incoming information from two different sources simultaneously. I am not saying multitasking does not exist at all. For example, I can listen to John while sipping a cup of coffee. My Macbook Air can process the commands of the keyboard at the same time it polls for new email. Even my iPhone can play my favorite podcast as it syncs and updates my Evernote database. But that's just not the personal and powerful kind of multitasking I have been chasing after all this time. I'm chasing a dream. 

Multitasking to me was all about productivity. From this point forward, I will leave that to the machines. I put my pants on one leg at a time. I'm guessing my brain does things the same way and maybe that't the way it was meant to be. Now if you will excuse me, I need to go for a walk while I chew my gum.