Part 6: Stop Multitasking.
You see this way too often, even on resumes as a skill set, people brag about their ability to multi task. When I arrange my day, I try to eliminate as much multi tasking as possible. It doesn’t do you any good to focus on a billion things at once. Inevitably you begin to lose focus on what is right in front of you
Multi tasking does not work; I’m going to reinforce it! If you have 100% of effort to use on multiple tasks, you won’t do as good a job using 30% effort versus 90% effort.
Take driving and texting for example; the hottest topic amongst parents and kids right now. You think you’re great at it, but accidents are caused everyday due to interference. There was a study that “proved even while talking on a hands free device, objects right in front of drivers were failed to be seen because attention was directed from the external environment to the internal.” The sooner you admit to it, the faster you can fix the problem.
Yes, you can be an expert at many different things, but there is no reason to put yourself in danger. The same should apply to the work you do. Don’t sacrifice one task for another. Take your focus and put it towards one project before moving on to the next. If you prioritize the work, you’ll find that you’ll be able to complete one project very quickly compared to juggling three at the same time.
Use your energy and focus on the hardest tasks first. Mornings and immediately after lunch are times when you are generally more motivated to finish those harder tasks. Once your energy reserves are depleted, take some time to recharge then focus on the next task at hand. Easier tasks won’t take up as much effort and by the time you are out of gas, it will be time for a break.
And as always, take the time before you leave the office to make sure your desk is cleared and organized. That way you will have a clean slate to start the next on, you will leave feeling accomplished and you will return motivated to get to work.
- Focus on what is in front of you. That is what’s important
- Prioritize tasks; what is most important & what will take the most effort to complete
Take the time to minimize multi-tasking. We are all guilty of it, but you and I both can help each other work smarter. #WisdomWednesday