The Simple Trick to Get More Done in Less Time
Life is busy. Often, I find myself strategizing at work while checking my email and texting a friend at the same time. With all the multitasking we do in our daily lives, we should be experts at it by now – right?Wrong.
With the list of to-do’s growing longer by the hour, it’s tempting to spread your focus across multiple projects. Truth is, multitasking isn’t the answer because breaking up your brainpower is more detrimental than you thought. But what do we do when doing more isn’t the same as getting more done? And how do we get more done in our time-starved lives?
Multitasking slows you down
Research is clear: multitasking doesn’t work. It’s counterproductive for you (and your team).
This article from CNN highlights the fact that, while it only takes a 10th of a second to shift our focus, “the time doesn’t matter as much as the bandwidth the brain requires to move back and forth.”
Multitasking slows your progress and takes up more of your valuable time.
By streamlining your task list and working on projects in sequence (rather than in parallel), you’ll free up your schedule and get more done. This is easier said than done, though. Our brains are prone to distraction and finding a way to focus is tough.
The “MIT” solution
The easiest way to start checking items off your to do list and get more done is through prioritized strategy.
What does that mean?
Creating a strategy is all about making choices and narrowing your focus. Taking a few minutes every day to review your projects and plan your upcoming week will lead to increased productivity.
It will also reduce stress, which is a nice bonus.
Make a better to-do list with actionable items and group them according to priority and deadlines.
Going into each day with a plan of action will help your day feel a lot more manageable. It takes the focus off “what should I do?” and instead shifts your mental energy to focus on execution of actions.
Breaking your task list down and tackling the items one at a time not only gets more done, it also increases the quality of your projects.
And quality work is the keystone of success.