I’m a multitasker at heart. I work in information technology and it’s not uncommon for people in my line of work to have fifteen different things going on simultaneously. I’m not talking 15 projects in the queue but rather 15 actual windows open on the computer, switching between them as they work.
It’s a skill most of us are proud to have and I always have people gasp in amazement as I switch between windows, type a few commands and then move on to the next. I have heard the comment, “you type faster than I think.”
There is a drawback, however, and I’m starting to see it. There is a benefit to deep thinking, the kind of thinking that requires some focus and ignoring distractions. So, I am learning to close out several windows and look at one thing at a time. The benefits – I’m finishing certain types of tasks faster and learning more from my experiences on those tasks.
This is particularly true with Bible study. I’ve always heard that it’s important to find a quiet place and that means more to me now than it did a couple of years ago. When I need to focus on that study, I hide in my office or even at a table in the public library from time to time. The solitude and quiet makes all the differences in my own thoughts and my openness to the Holy Spirit.