In life, it is a necessary evil. Everyone has to multitask at one time or another, and if you are like me, you have to do it all the time.
My job as a magazine editor requires quite a lot of multitasking all on its own. On any given afternoon you might find me editing one article while scheduling a photo shoot for another and choosing an image for the cover, all at the same time. I’m continually popping back and forth between windows on my computer, a constant rotation of email, Word documents, and a browser with rarely fewer than 10 tabs open at a time.
In addition to my duties as editor of this magazine, I am also on the editorial staff of another magazine called The Writer (which is a magazine for, you guessed it, writers). This additional layer to my job means that not only do I have to multitask within the volleyball world, I often have to switch to working on a completely different subject matter on a regular basis. And if that didn’t take up enough of my days already, I also help run a trade show for collectors that occurs once a year in Florida (which is where I am headed, actually, as I am writing this).
The point of describing my own personal multitasking challenges is to say that I understand that everyone has to do this, usually on a daily basis, to some degree. Most of us are, or have been, student athletes, so we are accustomed to this lifestyle. In high school it was juggling sports with schoolwork, extracurricular activities, a social life, and applying to colleges. Once in college it was juggling those same athletic responsibilities with increased schoolwork, a different kind of social life, and preparations for being released into the real world (i.e. getting a job). In the real world it is balancing jobs with relationships, starting our own families, and staying fit.
Multitasking is a skill that should be perfected, and I wish you the best of luck in your own daily pursuits. But just remember, there is one place where no one should be multitasking, and that is during a game or practice. When you put on your uniform and step onto the court, it is game face all the way. Nothing else should be taking up your concentration space except the next serve. Now, go to it!
Aubrey Everett, Editor
Originally published in June 2013