Tuesday, 4 September 2012


Polyvalence is a recipe for success in the modern day society. However, one “cannot chase two rabbits at the same time”. This declaration is arguably advocating for focus, determination and specialisation since none can pursue two things or tasks at a time and expect to do wonders with both.

There is a school of thought that argues, “it depends on ones’ discipline” as an individual. This school is of the view that some people have the capacity to handle numerous tasks at a time. We simply have to remember that we are not all the same. However, there is another which recognises polyvalence but believes that multitasking is not a good thing to do as the value and quality of the other would be compromised. This school recognises that other people have to be constantly reminded to not take on more than they can handle, as they may struggle to cope when they have too many things happening in their lives. These people may end up not excelling in either task. They would not able to manage their time or resources well. One cannot be South African and Congolese at the same time or be in both places at once.

The third school says it does not matter as long as you can show that you can manage: just go for it! When you know how to manage your time you gain control. Rather than busily working here, there, and everywhere (and not getting much substantially done), effective time management helps you to prioritise. Time management and prioritisation helps an individual to choose what to work on and when. This is essential if you one is to achieve anything of any real worth.

I believe that each individual knows what they are capable of: they would not subject themselves to any multitasking if they feel they cannot “chase two rabbits at the same time”. It means one needs to measure his or her capabilities and bite only what he or she can chew. Therefore, I support the third school of thought which alluded to the fact that know your worth, know your strength and do what you can with what you have. We cannot attempt to chase two rabbits at the same time when we clearly know that it is impossible to do so.
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