Are you a multitasker? Do you find you have your hand in several different projects at once? If so, you might want to rethink your plan. While many people take pride in their ability to multitask, the truth is, your focus is all over the place.
Multitasking may enable you to work on several projects at once, but that doesn’t mean it’s getting done to the best of your ability.
10 Reasons You Need to Stop Multitasking
- Concentrating on one project at a time actually saves time: Picture this: you’re making breakfast and stop to answer the phone. While on the phone you have an idea for an article you’re writing and jot it down. While writing you forget what you’re talking about and have to ask your client to repeat himself. He’s not happy about that. Your eggs are burning and you have to throw them out and start all over again. By the time you’re off the phone and clean up your burned pan, you forget about your great idea.
- You’re able to devote your complete attention to a single project: When your attention is scattered in different directions, you lose focus. Your work suffers. One project at a time gets your best effort and it shows.
- You’ll make fewer mistakes: Of course you’re making mistakes. You’re not concentrating. You’re thinking of everything you need to do and trying to do it all at once.
- Your clients appreciate when they have your complete focus: Your client are paying for your full attention. If you’re distracted, it shows. If you’re focused it will also show.
- You’ll finish quicker: Doing one project at a time is actually quicker than several projects at once because you’re not stopping every ten minutes to do something else. See one project through at a time and you may not have to keep such late hours.
- You’re more calm when you attention isn’t directed to several different areas: There’s a reason you’re flying off the handle and it’s because you’re overwhelmed. Who wouldn’t be overwhelmed with ten things to do at once? Take a deep breath and tackle one thing and one thing only.
- You’re more productive when you don’t multitask: See time savers above. Concentrating on a single project will allow you to complete it and tackle another and then another. Soon instead of having bits of different things done, you’ll have several complete tasks checked off your list.
- You can’t talk on the phone while typing a document: OK, well maybe you can, but what does it look like when it’s done? Multitasking simply doesn’t work. Multitasking means mistakes.
- Your outlook changes as you cross items off your to do list: When you’re doing a bit of this and a bit of that, you’re not crossing anything off your list. Crossing off items as you complete projects will do wonders for your outlook. All of a sudden things don’t look bleak. There’s light at the end of the tunnel.
- You many find yourself with down time: Guess what happens when you save time? You have time on your hands. You have time to read a good book or watch a movie with your family. You can have a leisurely cup of coffee instead of rushing around. You’re less stressed and more relaxed.
Next up: 10 Ways to Stop Multitasking