Don’t Multi-Task, Multi-Think #WILTW

This is the 134th #WILTW

There are very few completely original ideas.

Someone, somewhere is always likely to have thought of something before you have. Genius more in being credited for the idea rather than having it!

Andrew Tagg released a great blog post this week. He muses on there “never being enough hours in the day“. I am often challenged on how I find the time to do so much; especially considering that I am “always tweeting”.  My stock response to this is “well how do you know I am tweeting so much if you aren’t on twitter too?

Seriously though, like Andrew, I am relatively regimented about out-of-work routines and there are somethings I treat as a hobby rather than a chore. I do appreciate this is a fine line and it is important to take stock and be honest with yourself about why you are doing what you are doing (especially with social media). I share with Andrew a general aversion (or maybe more correctly an avoidance) of television and video games and also see so much kinship with this:

“I currently have ideas for about 20 blog posts in slow Brownian motion inside my head.” 


One of my greatest faults is to not always be present. My colleagues do very well to tolerate this in me. It is often because an idea or thought from 2 weeks ago  re-surfaces with a progression or solution. I am not knowingly mulling things over but somewhere in my brain synapses are firing away.

Having read the post I coined the term “multi-thinking”. I am not efficient because I am multi-tasking, it’s because my brain is simultaneously working on lots of projects in the background. Sadly after googling multi-thinking I realised I wasn’t the first person to coin this. There is actually science behind it; the more precise term probably being a variant of integrative thinking.

“..the predisposition and capacity to hold two diametrically opposing ideas in their heads. And then, without panicking or simply settling for one alternative or the other, they’re able to produce a synthesis that is superior to either opposing idea…”

The ability to multi-think is, I’m sure, impacted by state of mind or other external factors, but it’s a pretty reliable component of my productivity, especially what I learnt this week!

What have you learnt this week? #WILTW

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In googling for multi-thinking I found this post on procrastination which while not directly related is quite fun….


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