Multitasking is defined as the behavior of doing more than one task at a time. Since small business owners wear so many hats, they often fall into the pitfalls of multitasking! Today, let’s first look at some published articles about the downfalls of multitasking – then I’ll share my tips of how I quit multitasking.
Great Articles About Multitasking
- Why Multitasking is Bad for Your Brain
- Reasons to Stop Multitasking
- How Multitasking is Killing Your Brain
- Bad Effects of Multitasking
Ok, I think you’ve got the point – now let’s look at how I quit multitasking.
Steps I Took to Stop Multitasking
- Block scheduling. When new readers stumble across Cutting for Business, they are often surprised that I have a really full schedule – I work the blog on my own, I have 4 kids (most are preschool age), and I have a full extracurricular schedule with the kids. The only way that I can accomplish everything is block scheduling. This means that I write out my day in time blocks. For example, I block out an hour for laundry, an hour to check emails, an hour to create cut file designs, and so on. When the hour is over – I stop the task and move to the next. All of my block times have singular, specific tasks in them.
- Scheduling “make up” time. This was a mistake I made when I first started block scheduling – I didn’t leave time to catch up on anything that I didn’t get done in the scheduled block. I now block off this time daily.
- Turn off the tv. I’m guilty of having the tv on if I’m home by myself. However, when I’m working, I turn the tv off so I am not trying to focus on more than one thing at a time.
- Put the phone away. During my work time, I put my phone across the room so I’m not tempted to pick it up. Anyone that truly needs to contact me immediately (kid’s school or family members) know to call my house.
- Sign out of social media. Let’s face it: social media is easily to get sucked into. I routinely sign out of social media and only stay signed in when I am actively on a network.
These 5 things have made it easy for me to stop multitasking. I’ve noticed that by focusing only on one task at a time, I get more done in less time.
Tell me in the comments, are you a multitasker?
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