Midway between juxtaposed thoughts about a report I was struggling to complete and a phone call I just missed, I decided to check my email, look at LinkedIn and scan my Facebook feed – all while taking a brisk morning stroll in beautiful Beaufort, S.C., what I have come to consider one of the most pleasant places on the planet.
Then I stumbled on a post by Rohit Bhargava — a marketing author, keynote speaker and "nice guy" — and everything became clear.
This multitasking is crazy.
Or to paraphrase what he stated so much more eloquently: when you aren't fully present, you miss 100 percent of the experience in the places you're thinking about as well as the place you are in.
I stood there, momentarily paralyzed, on a trail full of trees draped with Spanish moss, overlooking a river dotted with sailboats. And then I did the only logical thing I could think of doing.
I walked down the dock to enjoy the view.