I cannot multitask to save my life. It’s bad enough that I have tried to do all of my scheduled appointments and reminders on my mobile device and see notifications and oops, I end up forgetting what I was originally doing. It’s my shortcoming, but I’m finding out that it is actually more common that most realize.
So what I have done is what this infographic below suggests: I prioritize.
I leave my phone off and use a pen and paper. Sticky notes and whiteboards are lifesavers for me. I’ll get to my notifications eventually, but most important is what I have to do at work.
Here are three key points to help you stop multitasking and be more effective:
- People don’t multitask, they switch tasks, which with the starting and stopping, make it 4x longer for your work and can have 40% more mental blocks. So much work time lost!
- Best way to be more effective is to reduce the attempts at multitasking. Decide what is most important and do it first.
- When you have better prioritization, you can have lead status (read time with congregants), more revenue (read time for better tithing options) more conversion rates (read time responding to emails and contacting community members).
What are you doing to be more effective at work and not wasting your day?