During a recent spoken-word show at Folketeateret in Oslo, Norway, Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson was asked by a fan for a word advice on optimizing one’s schedule for motivation and focus.
Bruce replied (via Blabbermouth):
“Well, I actually try and do things one thing at a time, ’cause it’s all I can manage.
“I’ve discovered that if I try to do two things at a time, like for example eating with a knife and fork whilst at the same time trying to play chess, one of them has to suffer inevitably.
“So as simple as it may sound, just do whatever it is you’re doing – do that – and then do something else.
“All this stuff about multitasking, it’s rubbish – rubbish; absolute rubbish. Women cannot multitask. Men cannot multitask.
“But some people are better at going from one thing to the other thing to the other thing to the other thing and back to the other thing and everything else like that. But if they’re gonna be successful at that, they’re gonna do one thing at a time and change rapidly from one to the other.
“That’s not multitasking; that’s figuring out how to change rapidly from one thing to the other.”