What’s the secret to effective multitasking?
I don’t know about you, but I am a major “multitasker”. It’s in my genetic makeup – the way I have always functioned. Most of the time, I have 10 projects all going at the same time, big ideas, lots of excitement, lots of doing and lots of overwhelm.
Does this sound like you? You may even be very successful in spite of yourself simply because of your enthusiasm and high energy.
How is your multitasking serving you though?
Look around. Are there multiple unfinished projects sitting around? Do you create To-Do lists that are miles long, only to start a new one all over again?
Would you like the one biggest secret to effective multitasking? Okay…here it is…Stop! Don’t do it.
Having many uncompleted projects, or multiple new projects pending or all going on at the same time begins to weigh on you and this creates stress, overwhelm and it knocks your confidence too. I know, because I suffer from this too.
Anytime you do more than one thing at a time, you delay the completion of both tasks.
The key is to focus on ONE thing and ONE thing only until completion. Simple.
If you are in the habit of multitasking throughout your day, I challenge you to focus on only one thing at a time and observe how much more productive you actually are, and how much more you get done.
Try it and see how much you can check off your list today.
Here is a tip. Try these three steps for ONE week:
- I want you to create an actual list each day with just THREE TOP THINGS that you must complete that day…only three. Keep that list in front of your printed out and prioritized. Once you complete the first item, cross it out and go to the next. You will be amazed at how powerful this system can be.
- If you are distracted by email, turn them off and open them up for very short periods of time at specific hours during the day. Then go back to your three top priorities
- At the end of the day celebrate and express gratitude for all you have accomplished AND create the list for the next day, so it is waiting for you on your desk when you arrive back at the office in the morning.
That’s it. Again, very simple! I know for some, this is simply how they operate, but if you are one of the millions of multi-taskers in the world, try this for one week, and let me know how it works for you below!
This blog post, for example, is #1 on my “list of three” for today. Guess what, I can now check off “Done!” and do to #2. Boy this feels good!
To your prosperity,
Katana Abbott, CFP
Founder and Prosperity Coach