THINK ABOUT IT: single-tasking


Wow. Oh wow. I am so excited by all of the awesome submissions for the spring Jess LC intentional message necklaces on yesterday’s post. Not to mention all of the blog birthday wishes. Thank you, thank you. I will continue accepting submissions until next Tuesday (Jan/26), so feel free to keep posting messages.

I’m also excited to share the tv segments that I taped yesterday. One feature about MakuenderMyLife will air on WCIU in Chicago next Thursday (TBA) and the other interview about Score and Jess LC aired last night on CAN-TV at 5:30PM. Of course I will be sure to post the videos once they are uploaded online.


Today’s THINK ABOUT IT is based on a personal intention I have made recently. It all began after the holiday season when I found myself easily distracted, forgetful, and generally a little “out of it.” I pondered why I struggled to hear someone speak while the television was on (sorry, Erwin), why I couldn’t remember details in recent conversations, and why I had difficulty concentrating.

After thinking about the frazzled trend, I started to wonder whether my work days were taking a toll on my mind. I hop between a half a dozen projects at any one time throughout the day. Running both Jess LC and MML at the same time require quite a bit of work in a million different directions. And when I thought about it, in a million different browser tabs.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Firefox fiercely and the tab feature is incredible. But I started wondering if keeping four windows open at one time was multiplying my distracted, air-head tendencies. Or, if talking on the phone while reading online was a good idea. So I’ve started to keep just one (or two) windows open while online. I’ve also tried to focus on one task on my to-do list rather than juggling three simultaneously.

And you know what? I think I’m getting smarter.

…Or at least I’m not feeling as dumb as before.

I suppose it goes to show that if driving while texting is dangerous, working on three projects at once is not healthy either. Sure there are no lives lost in the latter situation, but losing my mind is pretty disappointing.

Anyone else on the single-tasking bandwagon too?

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  1. KathrynwithaY

    I’m working on cutting back on the amount of things I do at once. I think its harder to focus and do just one thing after being used to multi-tasking with three or more things. I do feel a little more accomplished now when I get one thing ticked off my To-Do list at a time.

  2. I’m trying this out, too. It’s so counter to how I’m accustomed to working, but I agree that it makes you feel smarter. I find that when I focus on one project at a time, I come up with better ways of doing or even just questions about the process. Whereas before, I just got it done.

    The struggle I have, though, is that my mind seems to want to jump all over the place. I can’t always force myself to single task.

  3. Valerie

    I like the sound of this. Not sure I’m ready to commit. But I think I’m going to dabble with it and see how it feels.

  4. This is one of my top new year’s resolutions! This and spending less time on Facebook ūüôā I jump around like crazy online. I’ll open a few things, then a few more, intending to get to all of them- but then forgetting what I was doing in the first place. Meanwhile, I have the TV on, my to-do “notebook” in front of me and bills spread out. Crazy! I’ve noticed that I forget what I’m doing and feel like I haven’t really accomplished anything when I finally shut down the computer. Thanks for posting about this! It is very timely!

  5. Just found your blog (I know, where have I been?) am I’m loving it.

    I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of single tasking bc all the multi tasking I’ve been doing is making me both frazzled and less than effective. Thanks for this post.

    Closing some of my FF tabs now…

  6. Jen

    It’s so funny that you wrote about this today! Last night I was re-reading and older Real Simple magazine {I wish I was home so I could tell you exactly which one} and they had one guys account of trying to become a unitasker. The author was absolutely hilarious and I laughed by myself as I read it. It was inspiring & funny…I would reccommend everyone to look it up in the archieves!!

  7. As I read this, I have two windows open, both with three or more tabs (many many more) open, a to-do list next to me, piles of paper next to me, and wonder why a) I’m behind, and b) why I keep getting migraines! You’re a smart lady, Jess. I’m gonna give this a try today. As soon as I finish my blog reading….

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