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How Efficient Is Multitasking?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

multitaskingIn the corporate world, “multitasking” has become ordinary. One is expected to handle several tasks simultaneously, completing them all with some degree of accuracy. The problem is, sometimes it simply doesn’t work to do so many things at one time unless it doesn’t matter if none of them gets done very well. Multitasking definitely is not for everyone.

So, what if you happen to be one of those who just can’t juggle eight duties all at once without dropping at least one of the balls you are trying to keep in the air? Perhaps you are easily distracted or cannot focus on more than one thing at once. That just means that you have to manage your tasks well within your own parameters, knowing what you need in order to work efficiently and then creating the work environment that helps you succeed. For example, make to do lists for yourself, prioritizing critical tasks and leaving less important duties at the bottom. Set goals for completing a certain number of those tasks by a certain time, and reward yourself for doing so. Keep distractions to a minimum and let everyone know that you are not to be interrupted until you have completed whatever project you are currently working on. Essentially, keep your boundaries in place so you can focus on what you need to do, then dive in.

Multitasking may not be for you, but you can still be successful even when you do one thing at a time.