on multitasking

Home Inspector with Acuity Home Inspections IL LIC. 450.03340

A unique characteristic of our times is the idolatry of multitasking. 

Ten years ago, it would be incredible to see someone reading a newspaper while driving. But today, we see folks reading their mail,  texting and driving all the time.

Oh, I know YOU don't do it. But lots of people do! 

There is a false virtue attached to multitasking.

What about focus? What about the quiet virtue of patience?

Who would you rather talk to: someone who's checking their Facebook status and texting while they're having lunch, or someone who is truly present: calm, composed, focused, and talking only to you?

My hope is that, as time goes on, the novelty of technology will wear off.  There will be a new value placed on people who aren't multitaskers.

We'll appreciate the folks who can be present in the moment, attending only to the task at hand.

We'll find the value, once again, in paying attention to what we're doing, and doing only one thing at a time.



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Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
Tom - it's true, we get so easily distracted by our devices, and keeping in touch, that we have lost the art of simply enjoying a conversation.
Nov 09, 2013 04:25 AM #1
Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

I refuse to try and talk with someone while they are staring at their cell... it is very annoying and totally disrespectful! I hope we wake up!

Nov 09, 2013 11:02 AM #2
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

We are becoming faceless and robtic humans with no emotions and very little social skills. IMHO

Nov 09, 2013 07:19 PM #3
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Tom.

I don't even like being on the phone while driving. Let alone anything else. I usually pull over.

Have a great day in the Chicago area my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Nov 09, 2013 10:06 PM #4
Tom Jansson
Acuity Home Inspections - Chicago, IL
Chicago Area Home Inspector - InterNACHI Certified

Clint - I'm with you. I either pull over or just let it go to voice mail. It's a fact of life: I am NOT available 24/7. I am a human.

Charles - You may be right. But there's also a down-side. 

Fred - For me, it depends on the audience. 

Carol - The art of conversation is a marvelous thing!

And by the way... If anyone has the opportunity to take an improv class, I'd say GO FOR IT. Doesn't matter if you have no interest in acting. Improv will help your business life.  It teaches the incredible things that happen when we learn to really listen and respond.

Nov 09, 2013 11:35 PM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Multitasking if for more talented people. My best success follows focus on the important matter at the moment.

Nov 10, 2013 10:11 PM #6
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