If we want the best outcomes, we have to take the best actions.
We can’t take the best actions unless we understand the situation.
We can’t understand the situation unless we pay attention to what’s going on.
We can’t pay attention to what’s going on without focus.
We can’t focus on more than one thing at a time.
If we want to take the best actions, we need to stop trying to do seven things at once.
Multitasking is bullshit.
It’s super easy to get caught up in the sticky web of distraction with two major consequences:
- We get diverted from our most important work – where we can have the most impact
- We close down and start to behave in a reactionary, automatic way without the full toolbox of choices available to us
While it’s hard to catch yourself in the moment, we can set a few alarms to go off throughout the day to trigger the following 2 questions:
- Am I doing my most important work right now? If not, how can I get to it asap?
- Am I behaving in a way which I would be happy for those I most love and admire to see?
These questions – or variations of them – can be helpful tools to course correct us. They can help to steer us back towards the kinds action and behaviour which will truly serve us in the long term.