Back in the day, multi-tasking was considered a good thing. It suggested that a person who could multi-task was stress-resistant and productive. Now, it's pretty much the opposite, It is good if you are able to focus on one thing at a time.
It's better if we carry out our tasks one by one. This is because we’re just not created for multi-tasking. Our brains are programmed to focus on one thing at a time. When we engage in several actions simultaneously, the brain has to switch focuses back and forth between the activities.
The result: We’re not focused enough to deliver on any of the tasks.
4 easy ways to start single-tasking:
- Turn off distractions (a.k.a. your smartphone)
- Write down everything you need to do
- Group the tasks (e.g. home, admin, meetings, presentations)
- Place the tasks in priority order
- Start doing!