I sent an email to a client the other day confirming the date and time of my presentation. In addition, I included information concerning the type of microphone I use, the sound system, and my slide deck. Later that day, she responded by asking me what kind of microphone I use, will it connect to their sound system, and will I be showing any slides.
This scenario happens more often than not. I understand why it occurs. Everyone is trying to do a million things simultaneously, and nothing is getting accomplished. We're not reading; we're scanning. We're on the phone but only half listening. We're not collaborating with our coworkers; we're trying to do the job without their input.
So why do we keep trying to multitask? We live in an age where technology allows us to do more than ever before. But the truth is that multitasking leads to more mistakes, less productivity, and an overall decrease in quality of work.
No matter how hard you try, you can't really do two or more tasks at once. Sure, you can switch jobs quickly, but that's not the same as multitasking.
Multitasking is a myth; it's an idea perpetuated by people desperate to get more done in less time. However, it turns out that multitasking isn't actually the most effective way. In fact, research shows that it can be counter-productive.
So, if you're looking for a way to stay on track with assignments while maintaining productive communication with coworkers, it might be time to ditch the "multitasking" mindset.
So what is the alternative? This may sound crazy, but focus on one thing at a time. When you concentrate on one assignment, you can give it your full attention, resulting in better quality work. Plus, staying motivated is easier when you allow yourself to stay in the zone.
But if you're used to multitasking, how do you make the switch? It can be challenging to break old habits, but here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Schedule specific times of the day for different tasks.
- Take regular breaks and give yourself time to breathe.
- Set realistic goals and prioritize what needs to get done.
- Use lists or other tools to track what you need to do.
- Minimize distractions such as Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram ( I know, it's blasphemy. How can anyone live without knowing the latest TikTok dance craze?)
And remember to communicate with coworkers! It's easy to get so wrapped up in your own projects that you forget to keep your colleagues in the loop. But, if you want to maintain productive communication with your team, you need to make sure you're finding time to talk to them, update them on your progress, and find out what they need as well.
So next time you find yourself trying to juggle multiple duties, take a step back and remember that multitasking is a myth. Instead, focus on one project, and you'll be able to achieve more in less time while also producing higher-quality work. In addition, you won't be giving yourself or the people you're communicating with extra work if you slow down, carefully read your emails, and stay present when talking to customers on the phone. It's the only way to guarantee success!