Does multitasking really make you more productive?
In a world that is so productivity driven we are often encouraged to do more, go faster, manage multiple projects simultaneously. In contrast to what you might have been taught or believe, it’s actually far better to focus your attention on a singular task or project and do it well, giving it your undivided attention.
If you feel overwhelmed and have a to-do list as long as your arm, then you are likely setting yourself up for disaster. Rather than trying to juggle so many balls all at once, instead shift your focus to one task or project that MUST be completed. Don’t become a Jack of all trades and a master of none as the saying goes.
When writing my book, I had to focus all my attention on that. It did mean saying “NO” to other things and at times of course things that I really wanted to do. If I hadn’t have said “NO” to the other things it’s very unlikely my book would have been written. Staying on task and away from the ‘squirrel’ syndrome will help you to accomplish more and do a great job in one area. Whilst multitasking is a habit often practiced in the corporate world, as an entrepreneur it will serve you well to not let yourself get distracted by all the shiny objects. As Stephen Covey reminded us, keep the main thing the main thing and focus your attention there.
Focus on the ‘Why’ it is important for you to action this project and the gains, the wins that come from having accomplished it, rather than all the reasons you give yourself for not doing it, putting it off or for better words procrastinating. Be sure to schedule the main thing and get it on your calendar.
So what will it take to accomplish your tasks and feel a greater sense of accomplishment and deeper level of satisfaction for a job well done?
Here are three things you can do right away to shift from overwhelm to clarity and get the job done!
1. Keep your main priority the main thing and focus your attention and energy there.
2. Staying focused on the main thing will help you think with more clarity and produce a greater outcome.
3. Be present, don’t allow your mind to wander off in other directions. Turn off all distractions.
What one task or project are you committing to accomplish and what will you need to say “NO” to, in order to accomplish that?
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