Lots of new multi-tasking statistics are bringing into focus this productivity concept. Studies have shown that each time someone makes a “task switch,” or multitasks, their productivity is actually reduced by 20 to 40 percent. While previously thought to be a great tool, now multitasking is glaringly not so!
Mindfully focus on one task at a time. Start by prioritizing to be sure this task takes highest importance. Purposefully stay on task by creating a “power period”, a 45 minute time you work on a single project. Successfully working on one project makes you feel accomplishment, lowers your stress and lessens the load of the total projects.
Eliminate distractions by creating an effective environment. Turn of the computer, stop texting, and turn off the tv. Really give yourself the opportunity for undistracted work. If a call comes, use your technology to the fullest and let it go to voice mail. Create your optimal environment with soft music, scent in the room, and a clear desk. A clear desk invites creativity, productivity and efficiency.
Make phone connections and relationships count. During a call, be sure to be “on the call” not just on the phone. We are always trying to do one more thing while talking. Make that person and the call more important than the distractions.
Are there positive uses of multitasking? Double time two low priority tasks and get them done! This includes pairing folding the laundry or putting away dishes with background television or having administrative time while listening to music. These little incentives can help you finish up a less than interesting task.
What are your favorite ways to get just that one thing done?