Multi-tasking is a glorified term for describing an ability to competently engage and perform more than one task at a time. It was once encapsulated in the query: “Can he walk and chew gum at the same time”?
In the modern age of technology, it has become accepted as a given that such variations of task-tackling is a necessity and conveys evidence of competence. For, in a world beset with smart phones, computers, laptops, iPads, etc., where the implosion and delivery of information at an instant’s request and access through the push of a button is commonplace, the capacity to respond quickly and sufficiently are considered marks of competent survivability in today’s world. But there is a growing body of medical evidence that undisciplined response to texting and other forms of technological communication stunts that part of the brain activity which is essential for judgment, focus, attention-span, etc. The ability to stay focused and not deviate from a singular course of action is also an important tool — even in this day of multi-tasking necessity.
In preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS, it is a necessary component in compiling a successful disability retirement application, to convey an effective case of proving, by a preponderance of the evidence, that nexus between one’s medical condition and the inability to perform one or more of the essential elements of one’s job.
Undisciplined deviation may accomplish a thousand tasks, but if the primary pipeline bursts because a main line was overlooked, such deviation from the primary purpose will have been for nothing.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire