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
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.
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.