Multi-tasking has become a passé when it comes to finishing more tasks. An article for the Harvard Business Review has noted down its disadvantage. Multi-tasking makes you less competent in your work, more distracted and less productive.
There are other ways of accomplishing more tasks that doesn’t entail you losing focus and even losing precious time with your family and friends. Here are a few tips:
Decide on what not to do.
People usually start with a to-do lists to start their day. But that is not usually followed as there will be distractions that are beyond our control. Ignoring unnecessary or less urgent tasks is equally important as prioritising and focusing on what matters. Warren Buffet, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerbeg and man of the hour, Elon Musk, all adhere to this principle. They only give precious time for tasks meant to accomplish one specific goal.
Batching according to Michael Hyatt is “setting aside an intentional amount of time for intentional tasks and making an intentional effort to not allow distractions.” If it’s answering emails, do it in an hour and don’t do anything else. If it’s writing an article, do it for 2 hours and don’t do anything that’s not related to writing an article. Stick to your timeline. Instead of doing several things all at once, allot a significant amount of time to do just one thing. It’s the complete opposite of multi-tasking.
Compartmentalize the different aspects of your life in Daily Notes, add your tasks for each and allot a specific amount of time to finish them by setting reminders.
1 Major task + several menials tasks
Elon Musk is known to combine several tasks together with only one requiring maximum mental capacity. An example is responding to emails on your smartphone while listening to relaxing music while drinking juice. Most of the activities stated are menial tasks and doesn’t require much thinking, except for responding to email. It’s not mentally draining and distraction is zero to minimal.
If it’s really something important to you, you’ll find the time to do it. If you love it that much, if it’s your most favorite thing in the world, if your passionate about it and you believe in it 110%, even if the odds are stacked against you, you will find time to do it. You will make a commitment if it’s important to you.
If you really love what you do, accomplishing even a tenth of its task is already enough of a reward. Making this a part of your routine makes it a more pleasurable daily experience. Or you can always reward yourself by eating your favorite food while watching your favorite tv show.
What do you do stay more focused on a tasks? Share your tip with us by commenting below.