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The Strength of Single Tasking

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FinishedIn real estate in our daily work and in accomplishing tasks in our personal life do not listen to advice that you are a Super Mom or great achiever by being this multi tasker. Granted multi tasking is to be lauded as a great juggler in busy lives. But there is superior focus on "picking" one thing at a time with priority and focus and going all out to get a check mark for yourself in that area. If it takes more time than one day allocate single tasking to an amount of time and return. PRACTICE single tasking a lot, and you will become a believer in its power. Mental concentration and clarity and above all


materialize, in shorter amounts of time. You stop being scatterbrained and wonder where did the day go?

Multitasking is a fallacy when it comes to productivity. Single tasking is for people who want to get things done!!

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Another good point as usual Gary Woltal. There is "focus" in single tasking. 

Apr 05, 2018 09:08 AM
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I have found that focusing on one thing at a time clears my to do list a lot faster.

Apr 05, 2018 12:21 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Gary - I could not agree more.  Focus is the thing that separates high performers from others.

Apr 05, 2018 01:34 PM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

I disagree. Not everyone can multitask effectively or efficiently, yet, there are some who can, it just depends on the type of tasks they're doing. Time management and utilization for busy professionals require them to multitask daily and IMO their ability to get things done makes them unique and invaluable to their clients.

Apr 05, 2018 06:43 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I have learned the hard way you are right on, Gary.

Apr 05, 2018 07:10 PM
Sondra Meyer:
EXP Realty, LLC - Corpus Christi, TX
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Congrats on the featured post, Gary.   


Over the years, we were taught that multitasking was a good, admirable thing to be doing.  Yet, I have to agree with your post.   We get less done when we are not focused on any one thing.   

So, I should try to follow your advise and focus on one thing at a time.   It will take practice though.  

Apr 05, 2018 08:12 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I love it! Focus is a wonderful trait that is common in highly successful people, Gary!


Apr 05, 2018 08:14 PM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Gary - can't agree with you more. Multi-tasking is highly overrated. It is sometimes a necessity, but rarely a way to be at your best

Apr 05, 2018 09:11 PM
Ron Aguilar
Gateway Mortgage Group - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

Single is much better and productive over Multi. This concept took me 20 years to understand and appreciate.

Apr 06, 2018 08:45 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Well done. Congrats on the featured post!

Apr 06, 2018 11:40 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I believe you have made a great observation. For years all the success books told us to focus and time block. Then we started encouraging multi-tasking.

There may be those who can multi-task, but at the moment I can not think of one person I know that is successful at it.

Great post.

Apr 06, 2018 12:32 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Glad to see this featured, Gary. In our busy personal and business lives no doubt there is a lot to juggle and focus will be to our benefit.

Have a great weekend!


Apr 06, 2018 01:09 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

This blog title is catchy!  Sometimes we have to multi task but there is so much joy for me getting something crossed off my to do list. I am trying to get my youngest in college to do the same--she puts off everything till the last minute then stresses about it!

Apr 06, 2018 08:18 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Gary,

I can multi-task pretty well, but for things like writing up a listing or an offer, I prefer to single-task, so I do not miss anything important.

Apr 08, 2018 11:46 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I have a deep dark secret.  It is that I've never been especially good at multi-tasking.  I always work best when focused on one thing, and go about efficiently getting it completed, and only then moving on to the next task.

Apr 15, 2018 03:23 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Gary, there is no way I could ever take you off my list of followers at AR. We go back so many years and I hope all is well my friend ... 

Please stop by my latest post about reaching out to ActiveRain members that are following me at the AR network, your name showed up #248 on my list ;o) 

Please not: The number order has nothing to do with who's my favorite, I am going from the first page of followers and I am on page 72 and there approx 12 members per page.

Jun 06, 2018 08:42 AM
Mott Marvin Kornicki
Waterway Realtors® • Notary Public & Apostille - Sunny Isles, FL
Miami Notary & Apostille 786-229-7999

I like this post! Gary Woltal :-) We can only be in one place at any given time, can only sit in one seat at a time and effectively do one thing at a time!

Jun 12, 2018 08:08 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Gary Woltal,

I've been missing you in the rain so went to see when you last posted. This was a great post as I believe its better to take things one at a time and complete them! Miss your posts..hope to see you back giving us some great stories and advice. Cheers my friend!

Oct 08, 2018 02:36 PM
Gary Woltal

Hello Dorie, thanks for commenting, and I have just been busy, and need to get back to writing some more, thanks for the encouragement. I hope you are well too.

Oct 08, 2018 05:46 PM
Sondra Meyer:
EXP Realty, LLC - Corpus Christi, TX
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Hi, I was just looking around Active Rain, thinking about how much it has changed since I first joined.   

It's sad to see that even you are not posting too much anymore.   

Take care my friend, 


Jul 08, 2019 08:20 PM
Gary Woltal

Sondra, things do change all the time. Hopefully, I will post some more. Thanks for stopping by.

Jul 09, 2019 04:53 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope all is going well for you this year.

Have an outstanding summer.

Aug 11, 2023 09:44 AM