As a mamnagement consultant working on many projects at the same time was necessary. I found however if I focused exclusively on one task I was much more productive.
I recently read an article that confirmed this.Myth of Multitasking
With people and technology people do not focus very well. They talking to you, texting, reading emails, answering cell phones, etc. The discipline required to focus on one thing at a time demands commitment. MIP recently said that anyone who comes to a meeting without a pen and paper, comes unprepared. I use pen and paper to help me focus on what is being said and listening instead of thinking what I am going to say next. Similarly at meetings take notes on what is being said and you will listen better and be more productive.
I feel a little like I am blowing in the wind here but be conscious of the price you are paying for the lack of focus.
Does anybody disagree?