I’m a piler not a filer. I’m a multitasker. I’m easily distracted. Probably would have been diagnosed as ADD but they didn’t have that term when I was growing up.
I’ve progressed from being the guy to “run” to the fax machine (when it was called a “telecopier”) when I heard one coming in. Then, I progressed to opening an email as soon as I heard it chime in. Now, it’s watching Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn. And, oh, how I love the ability to have multiple screens and programs running simultaneously via Windows!
I’m like a squirrel chasing nuts ... when another drops, I stop what I’m doing and chase the next one.
This work style suited me and had positive results when I was a reporter at the Associated Press. And, served well when a communications crisis arose at my association. And, really helped when I jumped among 8-10 associations my AMC managed.
When I’m giving presentations and/or leading discussions about millennials in the work force, I always (I mean every time) get asked about what do we do about millennials who work while texting, talking, Tweeting and/or listening to their iPods?
Well, as you can tell from my opening confession, I’m probably not the right person to answer!
I reluctantly read (and shared) some multitasking research posted the other day on the Faculty Focus blog titled Students Think They Can Multitask. Here’s Proof They Can’t.
Well, the numbers are all there via five different studies. Proof that multitasking is less productive, less efficient.
So, what are association executives to do? It’s not like we can say “check your smartphones at the front door!”
Because of my own personal work style, I’m challenged on this one. Share your thoughts.