Focus. I used to think of it as another F-word. I used to think that I got the most done multitasking. I even thought I was good at it. But the more I read about the brain, we humans aren’t good multitaskers.
Harvard Business Review did a study that concluded that when we multitask our IQ falls. In my job I help corporations with environmental and safety issues and I can tell you first hand that accidents most often occur because a person is not focused on what they doing.
Now I don’t want to discourage you from pursuing multiple things. Me personally I have three creative projects plus my full-time job that I am focusing on. I just encourage you to learn how to switch gears. I have little rituals I do when I go from one project to another. I like to play music and dance to switch gears. Sometimes I just sit and quiet the mind.
Give up the multitasking and focus. There’s power in focus. Here’s what else I know about focus. When you focus, the SOUL knows you are serious about the task at hand and then as Ralph Waldo Emerson says “the universe conspires to make it happen.”