I don't know if it's my age or just the hectic world in which we live, but I find myself making more little mistakes and being less satisfied with my work overall unless I can take the time everyday to be alone and focus on one thing at a time. When I talk about the need for professionals to find alone time or "get off the grid" as much as they can, this is not some new-age, warm-fuzzy mantra, it simply makes good business sense. Especially when it comes to planning a project or a design (or a lesson, etc.), it may be more efficient in the long run to get away from technology for a while (shut off the phones, PDAs, etc.), and talk about or think about one thing at a time. "Be here now, be somewhere else later" as the old saying goes.
Below is a short interview with Nikki McDonald at the Voices That Matter web conference in Nashville, Tennessee in June of this year (click the image to go to the video on the Amazon site). Following that is a short video of a news story on multitasking from NBC News this week.
A few thoughts on the idea of slowing down and getting off the grid (click image to see video on the Amazon site).
— NBC News: The Myth of Multi-tasking
• Also checkout Dr. John Medina's ideas on multitasking on the Brain Rules website.