Again and again, I read blog posts from people claiming that it is not smart to be working on multiple projects at the same time. Multi-tasking is bad for you, they say. It is better to work on projects one-at-a-time… Or the fewer projects the better, they say.
OK, so first I would have to start and finish writing my blog. Then I should work on my book, for one thousand hours straight. And only after my book is finished, I would start my business. And only after resigning from that business, I could choose: Either speak at conferences or read 500 books.
Allow me to repeat my favorite mantra:
“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong…” – H.L. Mencken
I cannot write more than 6 hours per day, or else I go crazy. I cannot write a book without getting feedback from readers on my blog. I cannot support an election campaign without experience as a blogger. I cannot speak at conferences without reading books. I cannot write a blog without experience from running a business. And I cannot happily run a business without a loving partner.
My many projects support each other. I do my projects well because I have other projects going on at the same time. I don’t care about loss of performance due to some task-switching. I do care about the much greater performance increases due to cross-pollination.
The multi-tasking-is-bad-for-you message is clear, simple, and wrong.
Let’s start acknowledging that life is more complex than that.