Multitasking. If you’re trying to be successful in 2018, you probably feel it’s how you make it through your days, your mind always on the next to-do, and never really focused on the task at hand.
As a Physical Therapist, in a busy Outpatient Orthopedic clinic, multitasking is how I successfully navigate every day. Who am I currently working with? Who is coming in to the clinic in the next ten minutes as well as this afternoon? How can I accomplish twelve hours of work, in eight, and still deliver quality customer service, that makes each of my patients feel as if they’ve truly been listened to and understood?
These are my daily thoughts, or more accurately, this is the pressure I put on myself every day. But why? Why do I feel more successful the more I get done? Why do I tell people that I love that feeling at the end of a hard day’s work? Which, let’s be clear as to the name of that feeling, is called exhaustion.
Could it be tied to my need to get straight A’s, and bring home a stellar report card in school? Could it be because I think I’ll be happier, or more worthy, the more things I accomplish that day? And how have I come to believe this crap?
A recent interaction with one of my patients got me thinking about this and vowing to give up my long-held habit of multitasking once and for all!
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