HEALTH - Multitasking - NOT Always the Most Efficient

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MULTITASKING — NOT ALWAYS THE MOST EFFICIENT

Multitasking has been a method used to accomplish more than one task at time at work and at home.  Though it is considered an attribute on job applications, at times, it has instead created chaos.  Rather than checking more items off of the to-do list, many people suffer from the inability to focus and follow-through on the tasks they intended to accomplish. If you find it hard to focus, then multitasking may not be for you.  By simply focusing on one item at a time, you can accomplish more of your workload than possibly ever before.  To develop better focusing skills: 

Turn off screen distractions.  That includes the TV, logging off of email, silencing your text and email ring tones, and put down your phone.  Give it a try for two days and see how much more you can get done.

Plan your high and low energy levels accordingly.  If you’re a morning person, then don’t throw away those precious energy-filled hours scrolling through e-mails.  Use the A.M. for projects that require your full concentration.  Save simple and mundane jobs for the late afternoon when your early-bird personality would be more likely to nod off in need of a nap.

• Stop mulling it around and write it down.  All extra details and unfinished business drain your brain.  To keep your mind clutter-free, write it down, make a list, and consider it now a “saved file”.  You can open that file as soon as high priority tasks are checked off your list.

• Master the skill to focus.  Just like training for a marathon, it takes lots of hard work and training, and you too, can teach yourself to focus better.  First, for short amounts of time, then increase (even through meditation) your skill to focus longer.

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