What impact does multi-tasking have on focus?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Goals expert Gary Ryan Blair discusses how multitasking can actually hinder your ability to be focused.

    Gary Ryan Blair

    Gary is the President of The GoalsGuy Learning Systems, a highly focused training organization whose mission is to help their clients build and sustain superior performance. They accomplish this objective by helping their clients increase their sense of direction, confidence, and capability in all areas of their personal and professional life.

    Gary believes passionately in the enormous, untapped potential that resides within each person and is committed to providing individuals and corporations with tools of knowledge and skill they can use to unlock this potential. He has developed an entire library of world-class training programs, books and learning resources like the Personal Strategic Plan that are designed to make the heart sing, the mind expand and the spirit soar!

    To support his belief in the importance of goal setting and focus, Gary has established and sponsored two nationally recognized events: Youth Goals Education Week, a unique opportunity for kids and teens to learn about goal setting and its influence on their future, and New Year's Resolutions Week, an insightful series of activities designed to encourage people to set goals for their lives.

    Gary believes that life will not go according to plan, if you do not have a plan. He shares this belief and his unique strategies with school systems and companies around the world such as IBM, NASA, General Electric, Federal Express, Ford and many others.

    In addition to The GoalsGuy, Gary has created the wildly successful got goals?® campaign. It's mission is to inspire people to Be More, Do More and to ultimately Have More from life.

    His personal philosophy can be summarized into two words: Everything Counts!™ He believes in sweating the small stuff, and teaches that every action, word and thought either moves you toward or away from your goals, mission and ultimate legacy; that every moment offers an opportunity for advancement or retreat.

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    Gary, his wife Erika, son Ryan, and daughter Libby live in Tampa, Florida with their two wonder-dogs Beefcake and Pork chop.

    Host: What impact does multitasking have on focus?

    Gary Ryan Blair: So, you might be wondering what impact does multitasking -- how does it relates to focus? It has a tremendous impact. Many people think that because of new technologies, BlackBerrys and everything else that's available to us that we multi task throughout the day, we think we're being highly effective. When all research tells us we're being less and less effective. Well, here is what happens, you need to look at each individual project that you working on as a one dimensional concept. Now throughout the day you could be working on 5-15 different things, I certainly understand that, but in any given moment in time, you can not be talking to three people on the telephone, you cannot be talking to one customer at this second and typing an email and sending it to another and think that you are truly being effective.

    I guarantee you what's happening is you are losing focus from the customers on the phone and also making typos or mistakes in your communication and your written that you area sending out. People think this is funny, they think it's humorous, they think this is the way that business gets started in today's new technology, but all it does is it creates sloppiness, it creates mediocrity and it's a sign of an amateur. It's very important that you compartmentalize and you control this beast and when I talk about this beast, this idea of focus, you've got to identify the projects, the task, you got to pay off the height, that they have-- they are going to provide you with the highest pay off. You need to spend your time there and do nothing else other than just that.

    I know myself when I have to get something done, I had to turn off the phone, I got to shut down my email and I've got to spend an hour whether I am writing, researching or whatever and as soon as I let distractions come in, I am off in five or six different directions. So, I am real conscious and mindful of the fact that once I start to get in and start to get seduced by taking multiple task on at one time, that my -- the quality of my work diminishes greatly and that is true for every single human being regardless of how anyone actually takes it, that just the way that it is.