Some days you feel like a master multitasker as you drink your morning coffee, catch up on email and tune into a conference call. But did you know that for most people, in most situations, multitasking isn’t actually possible?
Multitasking show that when our brain is constantly switching gears to bounce back and forth between tasks – especially when those tasks are complex and require our active attention – we become less efficient and more likely to make a mistake.
This might not be as apparent or impactful when we’re doing tasks that are simple and routine, like listening to music while walking, or folding laundry while watching TV. But when the stakes are higher and the tasks are more complex, trying to multitask can negatively impact our lives – or even be dangerous.
So-called multitasking divides our attention. It makes it harder for us to give our full attention to one thing. For example, in studies, attempting to complete additional tasks during a driving simulation led to poorer driving performance. Other studies suggest that people who frequently “media multitask” (like listening to music while checking email or scrolling through social media while watching a movie) are more distracted and less able to focus their attention even when they’re performing only one task.
It can also affect our ability to learn, because in order to learn, we need to be able to focus.
Another pitfall is that trying to do too much at once makes it harder to be mindful and truly present in the moment
1. Try to Focus
2. Toggle between 1-2 tasks
3. Finish what you started
4. Prioritize your tasks
5. Get Organized - I don't know about you but I struggle with this one daily
6. Time Management - Make a timeline
7. Delegate - If this is an option for you and your team doesn't consist of Me, Myself and I.
8. Put yourself at the top of the priorities list
9. Take care of YOU!!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/c4challenge/message
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