While driving to work one morning, a billboard for a high-end hotel caught my eye. It said, "Yes, you can have it all. You deserve it." Well, whether or not I deserve it is unclear, but I know I can't have it all. I have limits and I become distracted, just like everyone does. And that's when mistakes can happen. Sometimes these mistakes are simply inconvenient, but sometimes there can be serious consequences. Let me explain.
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Several months ago, I was invited to speak on the evening of April 26. There were a number of confirmatory emails, and there was no doubt about the date. When I entered the date into my calendar, however, I was distracted or busy, or both, and the date that I put in was April 27. By absolute luck, I happened to pick up the mistake and there was no harm, but can you imagine being invited as a speaker and then not showing up? How incredibly disrespectful that would be to the audience.
So this was a powerful wake-up call for me. Do not multitask. I can't do two things at once and do them both justice.
How do you see it? Do you multitask? Have you suffered any ill consequences?
Apr. 21, 2011