Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Is multi-tasking productive?

Multi-tasking is often seen as a great talent.  But, multi-tasking might not be so great.

Data shows when people try to do more than one thing at a time, they don't do a good job at either task.  And, as the article below notes, most people aren't really multi-taskers, they are "task-switchers" - meaning they jump around from task to task.

Task jumping is clearly not an efficient way to get work done - especially technically difficult work.  To be effective at work, you should have a clear plan of what you need to accomplish each day, week, month.  That should drive the tasks you focus on each day. 

Email, phone calls, and chatty co-workers can create distractions that make it hard to focus on your plan.  This article gives you some great tips on how to plan your day and limit the distractions so your productivity increases - that means you get more done in less time.  Which translates to less late nights or weekend work.

Check out the article.  Then, challenge yourself to apply one or two of the tips.  See how it works for you.

The True Cost of Multi-Tasking

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