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June 27, 2008

Multi-tasking a Myth?

It seems that it may well be. It doesn't necessarily mean getting more done and may mean getting less done even more inefficiently, There is a full explanation of this over at Skipjack's Blog in an item entitled The Myth of Multitasking.

He has kindly reproduced a lengthy article which quotes a number of sources in the world of psycology and makes for a very interesting read. I heartily recommend it to you.

Certainly it contains a great deal that confirms my own view that the "Multitasking" society in which we live is not as efficient as it is claimed to be, simply because, in order to "do more with less" we have just found ways to take short cuts so we can complete things and meet the targets set in the Accountant's Ivory Tower or the Boardrooms even more rarified atmosphere. Doing more doesn't mean actually achieving more - it usually means that we get a lot of half jobs done and frequently have to go back again and again to fix up and patch up what was botched the first time round.

As I said, read the article and you'll see what I'm yammering on about. Now. where's my next task .....

Posted by The Gray Monk at June 27, 2008 07:16 AM

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I love your post on Lincoln's birthplace. Great photographs. I plan on taking the family there sometime this year.

In your comments you note Lincoln may be the only president to rise from humble means so I thought I would share these little vignettes -

"Andrew Jackson was born on March 15, 1767, in what is now generally agreed to be Waxhaw, S.C. after a turbulent boyhood as an orphan and a British prisoner."

Ulyses S. Grant also had very humble beginnings just north of where Lincoln spent his childhood.

More recently, William Jefferson Clinton rose from poverty to the presidency.

"Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on February 6, 1911, in the small town of Tampico, Illinois, to parents John "Jack" Reagan and Nelle Wilson Reagan. Like many other boys growing up in the Midwest after the turn of the century, Ronald was of primarily Irish descent. His father was a tough Irish-American shoe salesman and his mother was of Scottish-Irish descent."

It is this history that we are all taught growing up. The "American Dream" includes that of the young man or woman from a home of little means possibly one day becoming leader of the nation.

Posted by: Kevin at July 17, 2008 08:44 PM

Thanks for the informative comment - it's a pity that the origins of these great men is not as widely known outside of their own nation.

Posted by: The Gray Monk at July 18, 2008 07:35 PM