Sunday, December 24, 2023


Have a meaningful Christmas

What is and what is not multitasking?

Contrary to common belief, multitasking is not about doing many things at once. Multitasking is focusing on one task at a time while juggling multiple responsibilities.

The former is simply being busy skimming through tasks in the expense of quality – no depth, no real productivity. The latter get things done and make things happen. Tasks are completed with the quality required and depth expected – one task at a time.

Multitasking as the ability to do many things at once is a myth. It is simply a ‘syiok sendiri’ attitude, being a ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’ – the ability to cover a number of areas but are superficial at best in all of them. A recipe for failure.

Multitasking that focuses on one task at a time while able to juggle many, is a skill and talent that has to be seriously learnt. It takes a lot of hard work and discipline. One must be willing to compartmentalize and have the will to stay focused. Ensuring each task is accorded the attention and dedication it deserves. Achieving this level of focus involves training of both the mind and heart to resist distractions, ensuring full commitment to each task rather than being swayed by impulses.

Defining multitasking correctly is crucial, both for the individual and the organization. It makes sure our talents get it right and do not consider attending a meeting while driving is effective work. It not only dilutes work, but it is also dangerous. When they get it right, work gets done and the talents perform. The organization achieves corporate goals, and the talents develop into successful people.

Let us multitask the correct way. Get things done, one task a time while juggling many. This will help us meet the demands of the new environment and job requirements. We become excellent productive workers and citizens while at the same time build great organizations and the economy.


 Peace, anas

    St. Benedict of Norcia (480-547)

St Benedict’s Rule emphasizes attentiveness, focus, and doing tasks well. It encourages the monks to dedicate themselves fully to each task, advocating doing one thing at a time and doing it with utmost attention.