But what often happens is we’ve become so focused on ticking off boxes and multitasking, thinking that crossing off everything on our to-do list is just what there is at work.
What happens when all that has run out?
I’ll make a new list!
And so there’s now a little room for imagination because you’ve filled your days with tasks that don’t necessarily help you become the person you’d like to be ten years from now.
I like how Richard Watson, in his book, put it this way:
The culture of rapid response plus ease of access to anything is encouraging mistakes. This is leading to a state of constant partial stupidity and multitasking mayhem. While multitasking means that we are getting better at thinking faster, the quality of that thinking is suffering. We can do more than one thing at once, but we can rarely do them well.
So instead of occupying our minds with anything (like scrolling our phones just to fill in the time between tasks), we must use our work breaks to give our minds time to breathe and think — evaluating our actions and decisions and thinking about the things we could do to make things better.
There’s so much more to life than just ticking off boxes.
When we only give our minds the time to think, we end up make better things and make things better.