Stop Multi-Tasking to Get More Done

#5 Mondays Top Time Tip

Stop Multi-Tasking to Get More DoneYou may pride yourself on your ability to multi-task – but multi-tasking is really a way of saying that you’re not able to focus on one thing at a time.  In your work this tendency can keep you from being as productive as you’d like to or need to be.

Multi-tasking takes away your focus and can keep you from working efficiently and effectively.  But when you develop a plan and pay attention to your needs, you can reduce your multi-tasking tendencies and improve your success.

When you can focus on a task and give it your all, you’ll be able to accomplish more in a shorter amount of time.

The truth is that multi-tasking can make tasks take much longer than they ordinarily would and leave you frustrated and angry.

Multi-tasking can actually cause your stress levels to increase as well.  You can schedule time for true rest and relaxation which will improve your focus.  There are several things you can do to reduce your multi-tasking tendencies, increase productivity, and feel less rushed and stressed.

Multi-tasking can also be hazardous to your health and well-being. For example, when you’re driving a car and trying to text on the phone at the same time, accidents can occur because of your lack of focus.

In this harried age, most of us try to multitask or think we’re falling behind. You are falling behind – but it’s because you’re constantly multi-tasking.

When you get used to the idea of focusing on one thing at a time, you’ll notice that you think more clearly, get more done and it will even improve your relationships because you’ll be turning off your phone when you’re socializing.

Make a start by planning out your day.  Many people find that it’s best to do this the day or night before so that they can begin each day with a plan in place.  Your schedule should include blocks of time in which you’ll be focused on one task only.

Till Next Time

Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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