The key to multitasking is the ability to handle many things all at the same time. Some people thrive on this kind of life -kicking out email after email and overfilling their calendars with the greatest of ease. These same people will often remind you that if you want to get something done you should ask a busy person. I used to be one of these people, courageously attacking overlapped projects and deadlines like a conductor orchestrating a symphony. In the end, it wasn’t about how much I could handle doing, it was about how much I could accomplish. I prided myself on the stack of “things I got done” and I was always ready to compare my stack with others’.
It’s been a while now since I’ve been any good at multitasking. The ironic part is that the number of things that need to be accomplished has not decreased (and in fact has increased) but my ability to handle them has.
When you are doing a lot of things at once but not really accomplishing anything you are no longer multitasking you are simply inundated.
Being inundated has been neither thrilling or life giving. No amount of emails or scheduled meetings has been able to alleviate this pressure. The unaccomplished things of this life are constantly pooling around my feet.
So much of my time is spent running around trying to turn off open spigots.
I need a break.