- January 16, 2018
- by Kate Kurzawska
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How many things do you do at once? Are you replying to an e-mail while scrolling down Tweeter feed? Are you texting your friend while reading an article, or eating dinner and watching a movie at the same time? We all multitask and it’s normal. It seems that there is nothing wrong with that.
Multitasking or Singletasking
However, there is a limit which, when crossed, can be negative to our productivity and that’s where multitasking can be more damaging than constructive. Even though you are able to do several things at once, it may not be as productive as it seems. It works great when you talk on the phone, walk your dog, and take the trash away because you can easily save your time by doing all things at once. Yet it doesn’t work in case of work. Checking your e-mail every five minutes, while doing that report you’ve been trying to finish for the past couple hours at the same time responding to Facebook messages coming up in the meantime will slow your work and make you unproductive.
Why Is Multitasking Never Good?
We tend to think that if we multitask, we will be able to do more in a shorter period of time. That we will finish the assigned tasks in just one day instead of two. We couldn’t be more wrong. Multitasking, or doing couple things at once, is not good. Why?
First of all, because when you check that e-mail every five minutes, doing that report and answering messages at the same time, you delay your tasks. And you only prolong the time of its performance, whereas it could take much less time. So secondly, it lowers your productivity. You spend hours on different projects, thinking that you’re so great at what you do, meanwhile, the time passes by and you still have so many things to do. And Facebook messages keep popping out, e-mail list becomes longer, and you haven’t moved with your report. That’s why singletasking is better than multitasking.
So how to start singletasking and make sure you actually do one thing at a time? You need to take certain measures:
- create a to-do list and follow it throughout the day;
- decide what’s most important the day before, make a plan of the day;
- use time tracking software, such as TimeCamp – it tracks your work hours automatically and shows which of your activities are productive and nonproductive;
- take breaks, they will help you to refresh and gain a new look at the projects you’re working on;
- before you move on to another task, make sure the first one is completed;
If you implement this strategy and try to stick to those points, you will achieve success and become the master fo singletasking. As David Segrove says:
“Do three things well, not ten things badly.”