Yes and no.

Websters defines multitasking as “the concurrent operation by one central processing unit of two or more processes”. So, if you interpret it as literally doing two things at once, I say “no”. I find that it is impossible to put the appropriate focus on 2 tasks at the same moment in time. On the other hand, if you interpret it as working on multiple projects/ tasks in the same general timeframe but working on 1 task at the same moment in time, I say “yes”. Although I am extremely poor at being able to focus on 2 items simultaneously, I am expert at working successfully on multiple projects during the same timeframe.

In today’s business environment, it is critical to be able to make progress on multiple fronts simultaneously; therefore, multitasking in this perspective is a key foundation block. This is a learned skill, so don’t give up. It is quite achievable to organize and prioritize such that you can successfully work on multiple projects.

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