Most of us juggle a variety of tasks on a daily basis, but switching between tasks has a negative effect on our concentration and focus. By multitasking we actually get less done and are more prone to making mistakes. In fact, we’re not multitasking, we’re context-switching, focusing on one task for a few seconds and then on another. It makes you feel busy even when you are actually accomplishing very little. If you want to be more productive, here are some suggestions:
- Give each task its full-on focus and when it’s done, do the same for the next task.
- Consider changing your schedule to avoid interruptions.
- Notice how long it takes you to “recover” from an interruption – you’ll be determined to finish one thing at a time.