Boost your productivity with one simple tool

Whilst writing this post I had 13 tabs open, I checked Twitter a dozen times, watched at least 3 YouTube videos and binge watched my favourite series on Netflix. Does this ring a bell?

Multitasking is not the secret of productivity, it’s the enemy. It overloads the brain with too much information to the point that we are unable to process it as well as we are supposed to be able to do. The things that you need to do won’t be done to your usual standard, there will most likely be mistakes and you will actually get less done.

This is where single tasking comes in.

Essentially, we are single core processors, meaning that if we are given more than one thing to do or think about and we start to lose our efficiency. So basically, slow down and stick to one task at a time.

THE BENEFITS OF SINGLE TASKING

You keep your focus for longer

It lowers your stress levels

You learn to manage your time better

You get more done

The quality of your work will increase

You will fully engage in your activity

HOW?

It’s kind of self-explanatory. One task – no distractions. The idea is to do one activity at a time with as few distractions as possible. 

POMODORO TECHNIQUE

This is a perfect opportunity to try this out. The technique is designed to make the most out of your productivity and allowing your brain a little bit of rest. You focus on a single task for 25 minutes and then have a 5 minute break. You can alter the time frames to fit your schedule as long as you keep the same kind of ratio. The technique itself is brilliant and lot of people, including myself, swear by it.

PUT YOUR PHONE ON SILENT

 Or ever better, turn it off. How can you get shit done with you phone buzzing every two seconds? Twitter can live without you for a while. 

CLOSE YOUR EMAIL

Unless the task at hand is to go through your emails, close them. They don’t need to be open and they pose too much of a distraction threat!

MAKE A TO-DO LIST

Lists are the best. Lay out your jobs for the day, maybe even order them by priority. Tick items off as they are done and bathe in the ever amazing feeling of the accomplishment.

LEARN HOW TO PRIORITISE 

Don’t start on the easiest item on your list – no matter how much you’re tempted to. Start with the one with the most urgency. Getting the worst out of the way always makes the rest seem like a breeze.

It’s simple enough and the results speak for themselves. This little tool with help you manage your time better, refocus yourself and give you a little extra time to do the things you want to do – not what your to-do list is screaming at you.

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3 Comments

  1. Hi Kirsty!
    I am doing some research online for a website I created on how people stay productive, and stumbled upon your blog post. I loved the read! It is really well written, and being a web fanatic, I really like the font style and the color scheme (pink a little too bright in my opinion but that is just me!). I have to admit, I fully agree with what you say, and have never been able to understand how people can praise multitasking without mentioning its downfalls. I get so much done when I am focused on one task, that sometimes, I even close the music I listen to, just to be able to focus more. The pomodoro technique that you mentioned never works for me, because I always want to finish one part of a task before starting another. I think that ending one part just makes the break much more enjoyable, because I can ‘flush’ the memory of my brain to prepare for the next part. As for the prioritizing tasks, I 100% agree. It is the one factor that makes single tasking (as you would call it) much more efficient than multitasking.

    In any case, thank you for the blogpost, really insightful!

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