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.
Learning a new skill is essential for one’s personal growth. Be it speaking a different language, developing a new app, cooking a great meal or whatsoever, developing a new skill can take you to mental and physical highs, especially if you’ve mastered it. For some, learning a skill is quite laborious, at times painful. It’s never easy but it can be one of the most rewarding experiences ever.
Here are tips on how to learn any skill without it being a tedious process:
1. Focus on the process, not the outcome.
Heard about the expression “It’s the journey that counts, not the destination.”? It practically applies to this philosophy. Once you start focusing on the outcome, you become more negative, judgement nit picky. Your every mistake and flaw is amplified, hampering your progress. But once you start focusing on the the day by day process of learning and methodology, you become more immersed in the activity. You feel more present and you will actually learn more than pointedly and frequently looking at the endgame.
Write down your daily experience in Daily Notes. You can easily sort and look through your activities and patterns on a daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly basis.
It’s easy to start a journal. You can just purchase a traditional paper journal or download Daily Notes, write your first entry and boom, you’ve got yourself a journal. But maintaining and writing on it on a daily basis is the hard part. You become too busy, you forget, you lose the motivation, you don’t know what to write but it all simply boils down to not allocating some time in your day to do your journaling.
It’s not hard but it won’t be an easy journey either but you can start with the following tips to find some time to write:
Block off some to write. Treat it like an important appointment. Think of the best time where you can take care of your appointment to write. Add that to your to-do list and schedule a reminder beforehand everyday.
Tip: Add it in your to-do lists in Daily Notes by tapping on Tasks > +ADD
We’ve mentioned before the power of journaling and how essential it can be for one’s personal growth. You can readily start a journal right on Daily Notes. Just do the following:
1. Open up Daily Notes and you’ll immediate see a Theme Selection screen. You can pick and change this anytime you want.
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My name is Huw James, an Adventurer, Scientist and Presenter from South Wales, UK. My background is in Astronomy and Space Science and am now a professional Science Communicator. My job is breaking down complex science into understandable chunks in the hope of inspiring a new generation of curious minds. Was born and raised in the Welsh valleys and still live here, though I get to travel a lot so it’s nice to come home after every trip!