Friday, February 26, 2010

Can you REALLY multitask?

The question isn't really if you can multitask, because if we are talking about physical ability, I sure can. The question is... can you as a Christian? To which the answer would be... not really.
Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, work at it with all your hear, as working for the Lord, not men.

When we split our attention between multiple things, we significantly lose quality. This isn't to say that you shouldn't ever multitask. Sometimes it is necessary; but often not. Most of the time I find in my life that if I focus on one thing at a time not only does everything work out better, but I usually get everything done faster! Make sure your work is God quality, because you are working for Him, not yourself, your teachers, your friends or parents.
The one area where you absolutely cannot multitask is your relationship with Christ. If you are supposed to be reading your Bible or praying, don't let anything interrupt you. Hopefully you already know this, but if you don't it will be hard to get used to focusing on one thing at a time. Stick with it, you will learn a lot more!
Also try and think of only one thing at a time. When you talk to someone, don't think of what you want to say after they're done talking, what you're doing when you get home, or what movie you want to go see next. Focus on what they're saying. It makes for a better conversation!
In the end, multitasking isn't something Christians should routinely do. If you aren't sure, ask yourself if you are putting your full effort into your work. Even if you are on the computer IMing someone and trying to read an article at the same time, you are still having a conversation. Focus on uplifting the person- the article can wait.

God Bless,

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