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Is "mutli-tasking" really a valuable "capability"?

In many discussions with "process folksk" in my industry, the value of "multi-tasking" is really played down. Why? Because of the amount of time lost stopping one task to focus on the other, and then re-focusing and initiating the original task. There is even a sizeable segment of the industry that advocates for a "no interrupt" period where people do not respond to emails, phone calls, etc. and just focus on getting tasks worked-to-completion.

How does this play out in the RE industry? Especially wiith the number of comments I've seen about the time demands on REAs?
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August 02 2011 - Black Mountain Ranch
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SoCal, regarding your question, I thought about the quality of correspondance compared between now and 100 years ago before the invention of so many "communication breakthroughs."

Take for example the declaration of independence, or the correspondance between Adams and Jefferson.  These were very educated, thoughtful men but you have to consider the communication method of the time: quill and ink.  The forethought required to to accurately convey thought when using such a slow and expensive method of communication (that didnt have a delete key) is inspiring.

I believe taking the time to focus on one thing is a skill.  A skill which may have amazing results if applied properly.

I believe in the modern era multi-tasking is an important skill as well, but only if you are able to multi-task when needed and focus on one thing when needed.  Don't let the tail wag the dog.
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Socal,

I don't think the one size fits all approach works in either industry.  Most people will be most effective if they are allowed to use the method that works for them.  As long as they are able to put it all together coherently in the end I don't care, some people don't get any of the pieces quite right when they multitask, while others can't integrate the pieces worked on in a vacuum together for a coherent product in the end.
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