With the list of to-do’s growing longer by the hour, it’s tempting to spread your focus across multiple projects. Truth is, breaking up your brainpower is more detrimental than you thought.
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.
How do I get more done?
The best way to do this is through prioritized strategy.
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.
What’s the best way to do it?
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.