Diving into the Deep Blue

Multi-tasking
is believed by some to be also called Multi-switching, call it any term you
want, at the end of the day, we are still exerting the best of efforts, at the
same time, chasing the same deadline.”

–         
Adrian Jr. A. Maronilla

           It’s been
exactly 2 months and 21 days since I had published the first article of my
three part Article series entitled, “SPRINT: How Fast does your Time Fly?” It
may be mystery to some why I decided to write the sequel, very late when it
should had been exactly the next Sunday after the first. Well, my defense would
be simple and never complicated to understand, my second write up is completely
dedicated to “Multitasking”, and I believe that it would be very poor if I
would set a time limit of a week to reason all the important points I want to
express in the text. I considered that if I wanted to write an elaborate piece about
my chosen topic, it would be excellent if I would not only base my reflections
on the selections I encounter online and relate the personal accounts of
achievers, but also to include my personal experiences, regarding the struggles
in time management, chasing deadlines and of course pushing myself, regularly,
to the limits.

           To softly
start, I am thankful enough to say that I was able to experience at first hand,
on very many occasions, how tedious it is to multitask. For the last months, my
schedule had demanded me of many requirements, mainly of thesis documents, long
home works which frustratingly consumes 2-3 hours of my usual sleep and
honestly, dreadfully fun to work and learn, lectures, presentations and graphical
computations. But wait, take note, these are my night activities. In the early
hours of day and late afternoon, I ready myself, physically and mentally so I
could attend my classes as early as I could in the morning and later on. The
fun does not stop there, upon entering the penitentiary, just kidding, my fun
zone classroom, here comes the real deal. The professor walks in wearing a
satisfying smile on some days, and the unlucky look on certain occasions and
gives a very interesting 2 to 3 hour sermon about theories with corresponding calculations.
So, what’s the big deal? All college students encounter that, or most regular
attending students, perhaps. Well, besides from the fact that your physical
body is literally glued to the armchair, you also have to resist the temptation
of your soul entirely falling to sleep, that for me, is a strong example of
multitasking. Another instance is that aside from allowing your full
concentration to absorb every drop of information on the lesson/s being taught
through listening, I have to force myself to recognize the miniscule, abstract
cursive writing etched on the board, so that I could list something on my
notes, failure to write, clearly means no reviewer to study.

           We are
living in a new era, where the motto: Take one step at a time.” is overridden
by the anew saying, “Take more than two leaps at a time, because time won’t wait for us.” Multitasking takes in many shapes, forms and
is imperatively unconsciously performed during the mostly unexpected of
situations. Whether we plan it or not, at the very early hours of the morning,
we attempt daily to accomplish as many simple but underrated tasks, such as,
drinking refreshments and reading the morning’s news or reviewing for the next
hour’s lesson, walking to the nearest bus
stop and memorizing tedious verses on the way, and the famous for the studying
group, cramming the last minute information in their harassed and worn-out brains
while hastily demanding a whole sheet of paper for the exam to the closest
seatmate, not to mention, the strain suffered by the ears upon hearing the
deadly countdown of the professor, who secretly aims to fail us all (a really
overstated statement really, but possibly very realistic). Tiring it may seem,
because it really is, how much more effort could we exert in the evening?  Multitasking, doesn’t stop at night, in fact,
it starts at sunset. Many hard workers would believe that the
gravity of work to be done at home is equal to that of work; the only real
difference is the place of activity.

           I think that it would be appropriate
to regard us, hard workers as “multitaskers”,
because it is a proven fact that two hands are never enough for the industrious.
It had been revealed that one’s decorum and
daily habits strongly affect the
doer’s output. Based on the time of the day labourers feel more useful,
productive and intelligent, researchers had divided the subjects into two major
groups, namely, the Morning People
and the Night Owls. The former group
are individuals, who prefer to start their day on the early hours of dawn, four
to five hours ahead of the majority. Some prominent personalities who are
recognized and self proclaimed early birds are Margaret Thatcher, former U.K
Prime Minister, Benjamin Franklin, founding father of the United States and
Kenneth Chenault, the American Express CEO. Pushing away the fact that the
personalities mentioned are leaders of a mass of people, it is fairly
noticeable that they also handwrite their own unique schedules, a tool
which allows them to make a normal day, a very extraordinary one. The latter,
are people who literally see the light day in the latest hours of night,
because they believe that their best could be brought out under the calmness of
the moon. John Travolta, Former U.S. President Barack Obama, J.R.R. Tolkien,
Franz Kafka, Bob Dylan and Past U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill are few
of the much renowned night workers. If your neighbour’s room, night after
night, is flooded with light while the other houses are extinguishing lamps
readying to enjoy the night’s rest, then it shall be concluded that he/she
could possibly be a night owl. These peculiar, yet unbelievable beings have
taught, or still continue to teach us that there are always a hundred different, eccentric
reasons why we should not fall asleep at an instant, despite the lateness of
the hours.

For someone to be a true
“multitasker”
(a guru of multi tasking properly), he/she should be
aware of one’s circadian rhythm (body’s internal clock) and deeply understand the values of discipline
and concentration.
It would be indeed foolish if you decide to be a morning person, knowing that
you are always the last to wake up, also, you could never be a night owl if you
find it revolting to work alone under the moon, while everyone should be in the
state of relaxation. In short, you could never force yourself to a schedule
that looks perfect, but not comfortable on your part. I have always believed. I
have always said to myself that, “Work Time is work time, Play Time is play
time.”
The explanation behind the failure of many is because they are
too overwhelmed with either the amount of work they have to accomplish or the
abundant amount of time they hold in their hands, that they end up mixing the
relevant with the irrelevant and scrambling the primary goal with the secondary
or tertiary goals. To master the techniques of multitasking takes more than
just time, but practical experience and multiple failures, because there is no
one way to comprehend a person’s way of multitasking, it is personally designed
to suit one’s mood and attitude towards the job.

If I could not still persuade you on my views, I would
proudly share a short account of a graduate of my course who I believe would
perfectly suit what successful multitasking really means, He recently graduated
magna cum laude in the university, out of the thousands who graduated in the
faculty. This success story may seem a little ordinary, because there had been
loads of success stories pointing to the same direction, but trust me; this is
few of the most extraordinary. In his own personally written gratitude speech,
he had noted that he had commuted from his far away province to the school for
four years in a row, non-stop. Take note, it takes him 4-5 hours to travel
going to his destination, and a lucky, 5-7 hours going home, because his house
is approximately 40.3 miles or 64.86 kilometres away from the Metropolis. When
asked, how he managed to study for the written exams and do homework, when his
whole morning and afternoon was devoted to the classroom, and his night hours
were allotted on the bus .In response, he said that he fulfils his requirements
and reviews for the next day’s lessons in the public transport vehicle, and
constantly recaps the day’s lessons while walking to the terminal. He also
emphasized that his daily hustle on his travels had taught him much about the
significance of time management and sorting what should be accomplished first.
He gladly concluded that he would never achieve what he has at present if not
for the sweat he had shed and the experiences he had undergone. See, working hard equally on multiple facilities
is never impossible, as long as you know how to set your priorities right.
 

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