When my son was only two years old, he offered me a wonderful opportunity to connect with him. It was an inconvenient time, so I was very tempted to multitask—more accurately “switchtask”—on him.
I’m glad I didn’t, though, and here’s why:
By giving him 100% of my attention at that moment, I was telling him that there was nothing more important to me than him. ❤️
Switchtasking has four negative effects:
1. The amount of time it takes to complete things increases – It would’ve taken much longer than the few minutes I actually spent had I tried to multitask.
2. The quality of the experiences decreases – I would have given my son, the book, and the game half-hearted attention thus spoiling everything simultaneously.
3. Stress levels increase – My son and I would have been stressed trying to do both at the same time.
4. Relationships decrease – My relationship with my son—far more important than the Superbowl—would have been negatively impacted.
What opportunities have you had to multitask on someone, and you chose to give them your full attention instead? 👍 How did that make you feel? Share in the comments below! ⬇️
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