I hate multi-tasking. I do it to myself, I know, but I also know I’m infinitely more efficient when I can focus on one thing at a time.
This workplace does not allow for that. I don’t believe anything good ever comes from split focus. All those things we talk about that make life bearable and create possibilities for happiness or growth, they all start with focus and presence.
There is no such thing when multi-tasking is the norm.
There is only frustration, disorganization and poorly done work.
(I mistyped that as pooly originally, which would be appropriate, because the work that comes out of split focus is often shit.)
I need to find ways to focus. To do one thing at a time. That begins, I think, with telling people to shut up and go away. These constant interruptions, these demands to follow them down some unnecessary rabbit hole, they need to stop. FIGURE IT OUT YOURSELVES. It’s not actually that difficult if you put even a modicum of brainpower to it.
Also, I don’t need to hear your life story, or the story of the last call you took, or whatever random thing you feel you have to regurgitate out of your mouth at me. I’m considered by most to be a quiet guy. There’s a reason for that. The older I get, the more I realize that those who talk the most have the least to say.
I only try to speak when it’s appropriate, when it’s necessary or I have something to convey. And even then, I try to keep it to the point. The only time this isn’t true is when I’ve had a beer or two and we’re just bullshitting around. I like joking around. It’s important. It’s fun. Otherwise, conversations should exist to solve problems, to create understanding, to communicate ideas that need communication.
Anything else means shut the fuck up and listen. Or go about your business.
Silence is the greatest gift.