I Think Multi-tasking Makes Me More Productive.

It’s weird isn’t it?

Sharon Stephen
3 min readDec 3, 2023
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I would consider myself a productivity junkie.

I like to spend my time doing things that are useful and productive and when I don’t I feel sad and overwhelmed.

I complain that work is stressful, but when I’m not working, I’m bored and even more tired than when I was working.

It’s weird. I know.

I love to read on ways to self improve and be a better human.

It’s almost like I want to become the world’s best human being.

I want to be smart, efficient, hard working, creative, multitalented, any good attributes, you name it.

Maybe it’s a ‘trauma response’ as I learned at a pretty young age how much love you can get for getting awards like ‘best overall’ in school.

I quickly burnt out in my second year in high school and became my definition of lazy and I stopped being one of the smart students. I became average.

So since then, I have spent time trying every single productivity hack, in a bid to get back to my super human, super smart self.

I’m sure you’re wondering where I’m going with this.

I am too and I think my mind just spiralled for a bit.


This year, I was reading articles and watching videos on productivity on youtube when I came across a concept that was very fascinating to me.

Single-tasking or mono-tasking.

Basically, focusing on one thing at a time.

It was quite weird to me, because I’m one person that always has a long list of things on my to-do list and I try to find ways to do multiple things at once, so I can spend time better.

Or that’s what I say to make myself feel better and for all I care, I could have undiagnosed ADHD. Because it can be difficult to focus on one task at a time.

I decided to try out this new technique and I reduced the amount of things on my to-do list and tried to focus on one thing at a time.

I kid you not, within a week, I found myself in a slump.

I stopped exercising, stopped writing. I always found new excuses to not do the things I had set out to do.

I got lazier and I lost the habits I had spent months trying to build and had forgotten a lot of things I had spent time learning.

It was almost as if the adrenaline rush of having many things to do in one day was what was making me accomplish as many things as I did.

I thought I wasn’t being very effective and I should focus on just one thing, but the truth is, if I just have that one thing to focus on, the chances of me being as productive as I desire are slimmer.

So now I’ve decided to put back as many things on my to-do list and do as many things as I can in a day.

If I can do 2 out of 10 tasks, I’d feel better than if I did none.

I’m not eating any frog or cleaning my bed first thing in the morning.

I’m doing what works for me even if the self help gurus disagree with this method.

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Thanks and God bless.


-Sharon Stephen.



Sharon Stephen

A young Nigerian woman, sharing her thoughts and feelings, while hoping that you find solace or solidarity in her written words. 💜