The urge to multitask is not new, but modern technology makes it increasingly tempting to try to do multiple things at once. However, research shows that our brains are not truly capable of multitasking. When we think we're multitasking, we're really just switching rapidly between tasks, which reduces our effectiveness.
Despite this, the pressure to multitask can seem unavoidable today. We feel overwhelmed by work and life demands. Meanwhile, we want to stay informed about world events. New technologies like social media also increase expectations to be constantly connected.
Multitasking promises an escape from our human limitations. It suggests we can transcend the constraints of only being able to focus on one thing at a time. But this is an illusion. There are always more tasks than time available. Accepting our "unipresence" - being present in only one place and time - is essential.
The way to handle multiple demands is counterintuitive but effective. Do one thing at a time, with full focus and presence. Let other tasks wait. This requires surrendering the futile effort to "get on top" of everything. But it's the only path to enjoying activities more while also achieving more.
There's too much to do in life. But realizing our limitations means we don't have to judge ourselves harshly. We can pour ourselves fully into what matters most. Living in the present, one task at a time, reduces stress. It helps us accomplish and appreciate more. Our superpower today is singular focus.