Recently I shared with you how I have learnt to create time in my day to do the things I want to do. If you missed it, you read it here . I have also been participating in Oprah and Deepak’s 21 day meditation challenge. The theme of challenge has been “Making every moment matter”. You can still access the last 5 days meditations hereif you interested. Firstly let me say that I am blown away that they can talk about time in 21 different ways! It got me thinking though. I have decided to challenge myself and make my Thursday blogs about different ways to use time efficiently, hence the “Tick Tock Thursday” title (get it, get it😜).
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d you know that, thanks to technology, we are now said to have the concentration span of a goldfish. How scary is that!
Multitasking was the buzz word of the 90's and noughties. Thankfully that tuned has changed. I will be the first to admit it…I suck at multitasking so this one piece of advice works for me. There is definitely a place for multitasking especially if doing two tasks at once will not put your safety at risk like talking on the phone while painting your nails. Hell, even I can do that :-). The problem comes in when you have important work to get done. That's when multitasking can actually slow you down. It can also impact the quality of the work that you do. Think back…how many times have you been on the verge of making a breakthrough on a piece of work when someone disturbs you with an urgent request and you lose your train of thought. How much longer does it take you to get back that train of thought, if ever, and complete the work you were doing?
Another problem with multitasking is that you are more likely to make mistakes. Think about it, if you are multitasking or constantly switching tasks, you are less likely to be giving each task your full focus. Your attention to detail starts to slip and mistakes can start to creep in. Ask me, I know…once while doing my banking and listening to my son's chatter I accidentally added an extra zero to a payment and gave them every last blue penny I had and some of the banks money too(my overdraft)! I noticed too late and had to wait a month to get my money back. The impact of that one slip was enormous. Needless to say I now do all my banking in absolute silence. Anyway the point being, if you want to do something properly, pay full attention to what you are doing. You will also complete it faster.
There are a few great books and articles on the topic. Each has helpful methods for you to implement the change to single tasking if you would like to read about it more:
- Deep work by Cal Newport
- Singletasking by Devora Zack
- Why single tasking makes you smarter – an article in Forbes magazine
Hope you found this post useful. I would love to hear any tips you have on how to focus on single tasking.
Until next time…