Multitasking is is a myth.
Psychiatrist Edward Hallowell defines multitasking as a “mythical activity in which people believe they can perform two or more tasks simultaneously as effectively as one.”
When we try to do this – and I am certainly guilty of it – we are actually “task switching.” It makes us feel busy, but it is not efficient and results in lower quality work. We actually lose work time in each instance when we switch.
If you are searching for a new amazing way to boost your creativity, here it is: Single-Tasking.
Here is how to do it:
1. Create a distraction-free environment. Don’t keep windows open on your computer, put your phone away, and have do not disturb sign on your office door.
2. Prioritize your tasks. Don’t go to the next task unless you are done with the first one.
3. Organize your calendar into 30 minute blocks. Work on only one task for 25 minutes and then take a five minute break. If you are not done, then keep going after the break for another block for as long as you have time.
4. Optional: make a sign that says FOCUS and tape it to your computer like one of my colleagues does!
We are all searching for ways to maximize efficiency and productivity. Multitasking is a mythical mirage! Don’t be fooled by it. Try this Single-Tasking approach and make even more of a Mission Impact.
Ideas for this blog taken from: Ness Labs blog by Dr. Hannah Rose: “Single-tasking: the power of focusing on one task at a time.”