Multitasking! The number one thing KILLING your creativity and productivity?
Yeah! You guessed it!
The multitasking myth
You know about those people who brag about being able to do million things at once? Like listening to a lecture AND sending email AND engaging in a fruitful conversation with a good friend all at the same time? Maybe you are even one of them. I know I was.
Creativity, productivity and multitasking
So what possible effect could multitasking have on our creativity or productivity?
Well guess what. All the time while you thought you were multitasking, you were actually just switching between projects! Apparently the brain can’t do tasks at the same time that requires the same part of the brain to work on different things. Try to talk to somebody while writing! You can’t do both things well.
Have you ever had that happen to you that you accidentally wrote the wrong word down? Maybe you wrote the word that you were saying or listening to.
Multitasking makes us stupid
This is because we use the same part of the brain to complete these tasks. Trying to complete both tasks at the same time will kill your focus and leave you drained in energy. Because you spend a lot of time to dive into the projects again you will accomplish less during the day. And guess what, it makes us stupid. Multitasking can actually lower our IQ while we are in the multitasking-mode.
So what do we need to do? We need to save our selves from multitasking before it hits us. And you know it will hit you, and unfortunately, you will welcome it.
So here is a thought…
Steps to beat multitasking and increase productivity
1. Write down all the tasks ahead.
This will give you overview and will help you get organized.
2. Prioritize the list
This might sound like a no-brainer. But when you do this you will also find the ONE task that you loathe the most, the one that you wish weren’t on your list. Put that on the top!
3. Set a timer
For 60-90 minutes. This is the time you will spend sitting completely focused on the number one thing on your list.
4. Kill all disturbance before it kills your productivity
All of it! Leave nothing on that will take your focus away from that to-do list.
- Turn OFF your phone.
- If needed, turn off the WiFi.
- Close the door to your office
- And make sure your co workers know that you cannot be disturbed.
- Go to the toilet before you start.
- Have a glass of water/coffee/tea on your table.
Now, fully focused you will be amazed by how much you will get done!
When the alarm goes off you stop immediately. Don’t wait. Stand up, stretch and move around. If you can, go outside and get some fresh air. Then you can enjoy again all the wonders of WiFi, social media and the disturbance of the company of others.
The bottom line
The bottom line, when you are your own boss, your work is your life. So you need to boss every area of your life. Everyone gets the same amount of hours, so it is just a question of how willing you are to make sacrifices to keep yourself on the top. Don’t leave it up to chance. Keep your mind focused and fresh, it is your source of greatness after all.