Task Training

Snowy TreesSnow is piling up in Chugiak (Alaska) as I work on scheduling three lengthy interviews for stories that I’ll be writing in the coming weeks.

I used to believe I had a gift for multitasking—how ridiculous! Multitasking is a myth. No human has the ability to do two things simultaneously. My brain may process information and send signals to nerve centers or sensory organs instantly, but I can only react to one burst of data at a time.

What I called multitasking was actually running full tilt, then skidding to a stop over and over again. I was only switching from one “screen” to the next, to the next—very quickly.

In reality, I’m “serial tasking” on my most productive day, and sometimes sacrificing quality to complete more projects that I believe are necessary. (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-power-prime/201103/technology-myth-multitasking).

So, as the snow piles up outside, and multiple tasks pile up inside my mind, I’m determined to shut out the clamor of perceived priorities and focus my attention upon the single God-given task in front of me.

Eccl. 4:6

Better is a handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.

Prov. 16:9

A man’s heart deviseth [plans] his way: but the LORD directeth his steps [God sets his pace].

 

One thought on “Task Training

  1. I agree, Rick. I sometimes become so enmeshed with ideas and deadlines, I can’t untangle a thread to proceed. My husband had a favorite Bible verse: Isaiah 40:31
    “But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not grow faint.”
    This has become my guide through life: wait on the Lord. If I’m overwhelmed, confused, unable to find a coherent thought, I close my eyes and wait on the Lord, praising Him in my thoughts. After a time, a thought will come, and I know what I should concentrate on. His grace is priceless!

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