Why It’s Healthy to Focus on Multiple Things at Once

It’s better to be a multi-tool than a pocketknife

Devin Arrigo
Nov 17, 2020 · 3 min read
Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash

After a busy Monday morning catching up on all the missed emails from the weekend, I decided to take a quick break. Instinctively, I picked up my phone and started browsing Instagram.

Swipe. Swipe. Swipe.

Several minutes passed by as I mindlessly scrolled. Post after post, not surprisingly, nothing caught my attention. To be honest, I was scrolling to numb the pain of my boring 9–5 job.

But then, something stopped me in my tracks.

I was completely moved.

James Clear, the popular blogger, and author of the New York Times bestseller, Atomic Habits, shared the below post.

Credit: James Clear via Instagram

The strange thing was — James shared the post without any caption. He left it entirely up to interpretation. For each person to decipher the post in their own unique way.

I thought it was such an interesting idea and it made a huge impression on me.

But what really impacted me was that the incredibly creative mind behind a New York Times best-selling book does more than just write.

He’s multi-faceted. He’s not satisfied just being a pocketknife, he wants to be a multi-tool, with various skills and tools.

James is an incredibly well-known and impactful author, however, he doesn’t pigeon hole himself into this niche. He isn’t satisfied just doing his one thing — writing.

He wants to do more, be more, and impact more.

Similar to the popular “More than an athlete” slogan coined by professional athletes, James wants to be “More than a writer”.

All this to say, you don’t have to be just one thing. You can be an athlete. Or a Mom. Or a coach, a podcaster, an author, or whatever you want to be.

There’s this illusion today that you have to focus on just one thing to get really good at it. While it is true that success requires a lot of effort, what really matters is consistency.

Consistency is the real differentiator.

Focusing on multiple things — as long as they don’t wreck your consistency — won’t harm your overall success.

You can focus on multiple things and still be successful. In fact, being multi-faceted will benefit you in each of your other disciplines.

Final Thoughts

Don’t define as just one thing. It’s okay to focus on multiple things at once.

You can be “more than an athlete” or “more than a writer”. Do everything you want to do, not what other people say you should do.

There is no rule out there that you have to focus on just one thing. Go experiment. Try something new. Explore. Do what makes you happy.

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