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August 27, 2009 at 8:56 AMComments: 2 Faves: 0

Seven Easy Steps To Phenomenal Focus in The Office: Step 6: One Thing At A Time

By Smarty More Blogs by This Author

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Most of us like to think we're multitask masters. We can juggle emails, phone calls, big projects and constant interruptions in a flash. Studies have shown however, multitasking can actually make us move slower.

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One Foot After The Other

It's true! Multitasking can actually make us less efficient that if we focused on a single task. The main problem -  multitasking is stressful and a stressed mind isn't a focused one. Most people don't know how to effectively multitask. If you have too many balls up in the air, you are more likely to forget where you've placed them all.

If You Must, Be Smart About It

Multitasking can be efficient if it's done the right way. Focusing completely on one task, maybe while another is in progress, is a great way to multitask. If you're waiting for a response to a question you asked, focus directly on a new task. Even if the response comes back while you're working on the new task, take a few moments to finish, then return to the previous task. It's all about time management.

Be Purposeful

Focus completely on the task at hand. Set a time limit if you have many tasks needing work. This way you can work on them individually, and simultaneously.

A Rose By Any Other Name

Whether you consider yourself a focused multitasker, or a one at a time accomplisher, it's all the same. The important idea is to maintain the big picture. What tasks can be done immediately and what require some prodding to get into motion? Can you push some to start, work on others, then come back to the first?

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2 Comments

  • I saw this guy on tv the other day, Dave Crenshaw, and he explained the difference between productive multitasking and non-productive multitasking

  • That is absolutely right. If you find your stress levels begin to increase you may want to consider putting aside one of your tasks until you catch back up. Too much stress from juggling too many projects can lead to more more trouble than not getting things done on time. Stress levels are directly associated with your health and too high of levels for too long can have adverse effects on your system.

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