The Lure of Acquired Inattention

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

We are often lured to the illusion of Acquired Inattention or Multitasking as it is commonly known. Whether it comes from the pressure to uber perform at work, the need to be up to date with every social media platform or the fear of not knowing what's in every news outlet daily, we are caught in this web of deception. 
Acquired Inattention can lead to fatigue, stress and even the so feared nervous breakdown. Still, we are pushed to daily choose who do we serve. The Bible says that one cannot serve two masters, for you will be devoted to one and despise the other (Matthew 6:24). Having focus and being single minded is what moves us forward. 
There's something to be said about focusing in one thing at at time. The Bible encourages us to focus our attention as we are living our abundant life: "Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil." (Proverbs 4:25-27 NLT) 
My husband often shares that if everything is a priority, you have no priority at all. As a good leader of self, it is crucial to know what your priority is and be single minded about it. 
Relevant Questions: 
• What is my priority for this day? 
• How does Acquired Inattention affects my personal relationships? 
• Is Multitasking interfering with my spiritual life?