In an increasingly demanding workplace, producing results often requires the ability to handle multiple projects at the same time. For most people, this has come to mean multitasking, or literally doing several things at once.

Beyond the obvious negative impact this juggling act has on our productivity, the effects on our stress level and overall happiness are even more profound. Without the ability to focus and deeply appreciate a task, it becomes very difficult to identify what we love in our work and what we don’t.

As Cal Newport describes in his book “Deep Work,” one key to great work - and to work happiness too, I would argue - is to develop the ability to focus on one thing at a time. (Here’s a nice video summary of the book and here’s Cal’s TED Talk on quitting Social Media).

And if you have to manage multiple things at once? Prioritize, don’t multitask. See if you can tackle them one at a time with deep focus, even if only for 20 minutes each.


Written by Younes Lattenist