Productivity: 3 Tips For Multitasking Smarter, Not Harder
Multitasking: Do it the wrong way and your productivity suffers. Related: 7 Ways To Stay Productive At Work These days, technology makes it easy to do multiple tasks at once - or so we thought. According to this infographic, only two percent of people can successfully multitask. The rest of us are just wasting our time trying. You may think you're accomplishing a lot when you're talking on the phone with a client while simultaneously Gchating with your co-workers and updating your Facebook status (in fact, while reading this article, I bet you couldn't help but check your phone or e-mail); however, it turns out our brain doesn't really work that way. Sorry guys. But I'm not here to criticize. I can honestly say that I am the worst of the worst when it comes to multitasking. Do I have a multitasking addiction? Maybe. But this must-do-everything-right-this-second attitude isn't an uncommon mentality. Unfortunately, in this day and age, people expect you to do multiple tasks at once. So, how can we multitask more efficiently? Is it possible? Here are some tips to help out your overworked brain to multitask smarter, not harder:
1. Evaluate Your Multitasking HabitsThink about your assignments and why you feel you need to multitask while doing them. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you really need to get all of these tasks done simultaneously?
- Are you trying to multitask because you feel you are not being challenged enough?
- Are you trying to multitask because you feel overwhelmed?
- Is your multitasking the result of distractions?
- Are there specific tasks that get done faster when you multitask?
- Which tasks do you need to buckle down and give your full attention to?