THE ART OF MULTI-THINKING
During my sophomore year in the University of Lagos, one of my lecturers then took us a course which probably is the worst nightmare of any Art or English student. And the reason for migration of many.
Take a Guess!
You guessed right! Statistics
He came to class that morning and said he was going to prove to the class that people “don’t think”.
I thought to myself “How is he going to accomplish this?”
Then he went to the front, wrote a question on the board including the “how to get the answer’’, He asked the whole class what the answer was and to my surprise, nobody could answer it.
Everyone he pointed too missed the mark, until he said the answer and as if a veil was removed, sounds of “I wanted to say it” was heard in the background.
Many factors could have caused that but the take-out is this “Everyone can think, if you put your mind to it”
Over the weekend, I was privileged to chairman the annual state conference of NCCF which involved all the 18 zones in the state and guests from other states in the country. I had to co-ordinate over 15 committee and sub-committee throughout the duration of the project (pre and post). In as much as this wasn’t the first time I will be handling such projects but this was rather a terrain of mainly youth corpers filled with vigour, energy and passion.
Truth is every moment of the planning phase was fun and exciting and at some points felt like a woman in childbirth probably trying to deliver twins but I realized that through the process I was involved in a rather amazing art of multi-thinking, working with a very strong and selfless team. Getting updates from all the committees and ensuring that their needs were met, providing strategic advice and recommendations to those in need; ensuring we met set deadlines and objectives, connecting all the dots together and making sure all the team members (including those whose location were approx. 4hrs away) work together.
Am not quite sure about the popularity or existence of this concept but from my experience I would put it as an Art of engaging the mind in multiple connected endeavours at the same time and still remain a piece.
It involves tending, monitoring and producing ideas and solutions to related activities in a project.
This doesn’t imply that one has trust issues or finds it hard to delegate responsibilities but instead an assumption of role as the director or co-ordinator of the scheme.
I believe the human brain can do a whole lot more than we task it and it’s even possible we die without ever using up to 10% of our brain capacity.
MULTITASKING VS. MULTI-THINKING
A project manager or head of business is tasked with the responsibility of babysitting and providing direction and advice to multiple units involved in the project and if this is not properly managed can lead to frustration, stress and possibly untimely death.
Like a wife that mops the floor, does the laundry, baths and care for the child, goes to the grocery store and still remains in one piece to do the dinner; that’s exactly is how engaged the right brain is from pre-conception to birth.
I always like to believe that the world belongs to thinkers not dreamers. Best captured by an ironical quote I stumbled upon, “To achieve your dreams: Keep sleeping”.
Having to think through connected events and still remain a piece was definitely tremendous and eye-opening. Not to mention the positive post-conference feedbacks received.
Have you ever tried multi-thinking? Kindly Share your experience