I see life as the ability to accomplish anything you want, with very few exceptions. I could become the president, I could go be an astronaut, I could go make a billion dollars, heck I could even become a woman if I wanted (just checking if you’re still reading 😉 ). I’m a believer in the 10,000 hour rule and that you have an spend a significant amount of time on whatever goal you have in order to accomplish it. If you’re like me and believe that it takes a significant amount of time to achieve your life goals, what’s the best way to go about achieving these goals? Chunking or Multi Tasking?
I may not have been the most clear by using the word “chunking” so what I mean by that is tackling each goal head on, one at a time. If you want to become a professional musician, you devote all day everyday to that cause and focus on that and only that. Everything you do relates to your goal and you eat breathe and sleep the life goal. Through chunking you’re giving your constent attention to one goal. As a result your life goals would be set in maybe 5 or 10 year “chunks” in which you focus one at a time.
I see chunking as a valuable strategy because it harnesses the power of focus and your goal literally becomes who you are. It seems that you can greatly increase your chances of achieving the life goal because you won’t have nearly as many distractions. However, chunking may not be best as some of your life goals may not be accomplished in 5-10 year chunks, but may take a whole lifetime to achieve. I’m a bit partial to chunking, and am using it a bit on some of my goals including my physical fitness and some financial goals, but see that it could cause a dilemma in which one wonders when the goal is actually achieved and if it is never achieved, when to cut bait and work on the next “chunk.”
Say you have four major life goals. Instead of chunking them out into 10 year slots you could multi-task and spend 25% of your time (free time) on them. They most likely wouldn’t be accomplished nearly as quickly as if you were “chunking” your goals, but you would have more time to monitor and adapt their progression. However, you wouldn’t be as efficient, because like a factory assembly line you would have time changes and would need to refocus on each of your four goals rather than focusing on one. You’d most likely stretch yourself a bit thin if you choose too many, but at the same point you’d be giving each one a shot, whereas if you were chunking you might not be able to try each goal in your lifetime.
Multi-tasking seems to be the most popular when discussing goals. Maybe you spend certain times of the day or a certain day of the week working on your life goals, such as a triathlete that trains in the morning before heading off to work. Some goals, such as a triathlon may not require chunking since you can’t spend all day everyday training and actually need rest and recovery times. This may also hold true for using your subconscious mind to solve problems related to your current life goals.
What do you think?
If you have several large life goals, what’s the best way to achieve them? By tackling them one at a time via chunking or multi-tasking?