It seems like old way of thinking held that multitasking was a normal way to get a lot of things done. Then it was decided that no, actually, you get more done when you do just one thing at a time. But for some people—myself included—multitasking really is the best way to accomplish a lot.
I came to this realization slowly over the past week. My last blog post here on The Backlight was about writing a million words in a year. When I wrote that post, I didn’t really have any desire to actually try writing that much; the goal was just to write more than what I was already doing.
Well, it turns out that I’ve written 3000+ words every day since then. It feels so good to get so much done. But the biggest reason I’ve been able to be more productive and write more is that I’ve been working on multiple projects at the same time.
Before this, I’d try working on one ebook or course or whatever at a time and it always took for_ev_er. The problem was twofold:
- There are so many things that I want to work on that it’s hard for me to stay motivated long enough to finish one thing before going on to something else, and
- When I get to a boring/difficult part, I end up taking the path of least resistance straight to Facebook or Reddit.
But when I decided to try writing 3000 words a day, I realized that in order to meet that goal, I’d need to be working on more than one project at a time. Writing 3000 words on a single subject in a day is not fun. So I started just working on whatever I wanted until I got tired of it, then moved on to something else.
And then yesterday I was reading a bunch of articles on how to read a book a day (I was curious about the people that had done it or were doing it). And one thing that several of the articles mentioned is the importance of having a variety of books around you. One blogger said this:
[T]o read a book a day you need to have lots of books around. Big piles, of all different kinds of books, so there’s always something you want to read.
And that’s really when I realized what I was doing. By having lots of different projects around, I’m always able to find something I wanted to work on.
The result of all of this is that I’m currently working on 2 big products, 3 ebooks that will be ~10,000 words each, and a couple new blogs. I’m writing a lot and getting a lot done, and it’s all thanks to multitasking. Sure, it might take me longer to finish any given project, but I know that the project will get done. That just wasn’t the case when I was unitasking.
Oh, and you better believe this blog post’s 507 words count toward today’s 3000 words.