The idea that we can do more in less time is an alluring idea. Multi-tasking is often the instant fix we crave to deal with the real feelings of being overwhelmed and overcommitted. If we take a deeper look, the feelings we have are more a part of misguided priorities and moving away from better clarity in our lives.
The Multi-tasking Myth: Clarifying your vision and values
Starting out with a clear definition of what you are (your role), and what you want to do (your values), is the beginnings of real clarification.
The reasons we feel we need to multi-task is that others have defined our roles and values, and we have let them.
The reasons multi-tasking doesn’t work is because it isn’t aligned with a clear vision, and tasks are not grouped in a way where energy expended maximizes getting things done.
Creating your Clarity – Learning to Say No
Another reason that clarity is lost, is that reasonable boundaries in our lives and work are not developed.
In order to create more clarity, you have to decide on the reasonable limits needed to really succeed in your roles.
The ‘being everything to everyone’ idea is another example of going down the wrong direction faster.
Developing and Maintaining Real Clarity
- Define who you are and what contributions you want to make.
- Define the ways you want to serve others. Clarity without service, is like having empty goals.
- Reinforce and reflect daily on whether you are staying on track. You know that you’re off track when you’ve fallen into many things that don’t get closure in your life.
- Keep clarity by evaluating things you do. Are you allowing yourself to say no?
Having clarity means we are focused on things that have a defined beginning and end.
Energy is focused, and distractions are minimized.