People often boast about how good they are at multitasking. They think they are getting more done by juggling multiple tasks at once, but studies show that they really aren’t. When people multitask, their productivity actually decreases by as much as 40%. This is because instead of working on two or more things simultaneously, they are actually shifting rapidly from one task to another.
The shift interrupts their concentration and ultimately results in lost time.
To resist the temptation to multitask:
- Bring your full attention to each task. Concentrate on a single task until it is finished. Then consciously shift to the next item on your list.
- Work sequentially. If you are facing two important tasks, decide which one requires your focus first. Once you finish it, you can turn to the second one.
- Keep your desk clear. Remove items related to tasks you aren’t working on at the moment. This will help you stay focused on the job at hand, rather than allowing your mind to drift to another task. For example, put a new client’s folder into a drawer until you can devote your full attention to it.
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