You would think that tunnel vision or single-mindedness would be incompatible with the Pluralist lifestyle but in my experience it is in fact a vital component of a successful portfolio career – the trick is to have several tunnels.
Whilst the lawyer or surgeon hones their skill through repetition and ever-deeper exploration into their field, the Pluralist must juggle a range of expertise and commitments without giving the impression of inattention. Each role the Pluralist takes on must be wholeheartedly undertaken but must also fit in with a whole lot of other roles so that there is connection but also focus.
My experience is that the only way to achieve this is to be strict with one’s time, clear about one’s commitment and to prioritise internally – have a bit of tunnel vision. This is easier said than done, when we are constantly interrupted by our phones, colleagues and families. Those of us who do most of our work at home will be aware that recourse to the spare room, shed or even headphones only takes us so far but wherever you are based, organisation is key. Talking to members of the Pluralists Club has, for me, highlighted these tactics:
Multitasking is all very well – I do it all the time – but there are things you can only do when you devote all your attention on them, whether that’s for a few hours, a few days or weeks and months. Pluralists need to be on top of their game all the time which sometimes means keeping your games separate, so do a quick audit of your commitments and then devote yourself to them … one at a time.