Do you ever feel like you are juggling about 5 tasks at the same time? Maybe you are answering an email and fixing a project while sitting on a conference call – or something like that. Maybe you have about 50 different things open on your computer. You call it multi-tasking; others call it inefficient. Is multi-tasking worth it? Certainly it is a necessity at times, but when you boil it down; multi-tasking is not efficient.
Think about it. How can you truly focus on completing a task to the best of your ability when you are also juggling 2-3 other things? Maybe you are getting them all done, but at what cost? Does it actually take longer because you have to keep switching gears? Is the quality of your work any good? Here are three quick ways to just say “no” to multi-tasking:
Make a to-do list. Don’t move on to the next task until you have finished an item and crossed it off the list.
Avoid interruptions. Focus on completing the task at hand. Don’t read every email that pops up or take every phone call (unless it is critical to your job). Remember; focus.
Set a timer. Give yourself a solid 20 minutes, 45 minutes, etc. to dedicate to one task. When the timer goes off determine if you want to finish your project or take a quick break. Repeat until your task is done.
Give single-tasking a chance! Share your best productivity tips in the comments.