Last week I read a blog about the negative effects of multi-tasking and I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. The writer is crazy, I am a great multi-tasker.
It is safe to say that I’m addicted to my iPhone. During the day when I’m away from my computer I can check my e-mail, text my friends, see what’s happening on Twitter and (most importantly) play Scrabble. During my night classes, I can use it to check the score of the Blazer games that I’d be missing by sitting in class.
Or so I thought.
After reading the blog I couldn’t help but notice the fact that I’d be getting sidetracked or losing focus on whatever I was working on by pausing to check my phone. Because of this, I decided to try turning off my phone while I was in class or studying at the library, just to see what would happen.
At first I completely failed the “don’t multi-task” assignment that I set for myself. I actually sat in my night class writing a blog about how much I didn’t believe that multi-tasking was an issue for me, but then I realized I missed half of the lecture while writing my post.
This was the “Ohhhhh.. I get it now” moment that I needed.
I shut down my computer, sat with my pen in my hand and listened to the rest of the lecture. (In all honesty, I didn’t put my phone away though. This was one of those nights when I was missing the basketball game by sitting in a 5-7pm class so I needed to keep track of the score.)
The past week since I started turning my phone off or leaving it in my backpack, I’ve noticed a big difference in my ability to concentrate. Now, if I’m studying or working on something important, I keep my phone in my bag where I won’t be tempted to check my text messages or get on Twitter.
I erased the first draft I had of blog I originally wrote about multi-tasking (you know, the one I wrote during my night class) and replaced it with this one. It is safe to say I’m pretty happy with the results and my new-found ability to concentrate.