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Put the Phone Down and Listen to Me

Put the Phone Down and Listen to Me

“Multi-tasking” is kind of ludicrous for people. It usually means that we do several things poorly at once, rather than one thing superbly well. It’s a quantitative not a qualitative endeavor.

Focus on what’s important and in front of you. If you do that well, then focus on the next thing and, pretty soon, you’ll have control of your life and an excellent record of accomplishment.

Parents who are reading their email while talking to their kids are just pitiful to me. The problem is that too many people think they’re smarter than they are, and believe they can do several things at once, all well.

But, of course, this is America, where over 80% of the population thinks they’re above average.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 1

  • Jeffrey Summers

    June 24, 2019

    MIT debunked a human’s ability to multi-task decades ago. The brain simply cannot focus on more than one item at a time.

    HR snake oil salesmen simply use it as just another magical sales device to sell you products like time management seminars and the like.

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