When talked about whether it is better to finish a project completely before beginning another project than work on two or more projects at the same time, I think that, beyond no doubt, it is more efficient to focus on one project at one time, though sometimes multi-tasking is also necessary.
The reason why I put great emphasis on finishing one task before moving on to another is that one’s energy is limited. What we should pursue is efficiency. When we are concentrating on one task, we devote ourselves to it. The preoccupation makes high efficiency. We will not waste time on handling completely different problems. Take my language learning experience as an example, I used to learn French and Japanese in my college – I took both courses every week. However, the two languages hardly have the common traits. When I needed to write French sentences, occasionally some Japanese grammatical rules popped out. Meanwhile, when I was practicing oral Japanese, suddenly I pronounced “Oui”(yes in French) instead of ”Hai” (yes in Japanese). Multi-tasking is the distraction which disturbs the learning process.
Furthermore, we can rarely gain confidence or a sense of accomplishment from dealing with many tasks at one time as we have finished none of them, but on the contrary, if we finish one project completely, surely will we obtain satisfaction from it. Psychologically, not only will we gain happiness and fulfillment by dealing with one task at a time, also, we can avoid some negative feelings. When there is only one project to handle, our mentality will suffer from less pressure than coping with several ones at the same time. We don’t need to worry about all the details or the deadlines. Instead, when we only focus on one task, our efficiency will be improved. As we finish the project, confidence will be instilled into our heart and interest in working will be kindled.
Admittedly, the ability of multi-tasking is also important. As for a student, he should learn how to cope with several tasks at one time as well. When teamwork is needed, he should compromise his schedule by meeting with other team members’. However, if one can make his own decision on dealing with one task at a time or dealing with several, the preference should be the former one.