Multi-tasking or Single-tasking?

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“The scarcity of time is the reason we have to concentrate on one thing at a time.”
~ Matt Perman, Author

In the busy business world, it seems that everyone is multi-tasking to get as much done in one day as possible. But, does it really work? Over time, if you don’t give a specific task all your attention, the outcome often suffers. Research has shown that about 40% of productivity is reduced when we try to get multiple things done at one time. Of course, multitasking increases the margin for error dramatically. In a world where multitasking has become the norm, instead relearn to single-task to increase productivity while reducing daily stress.

One of the most important things to remember during our daily lives is to live in the moment. Most of us spend every minute looking at the next project we need to tackle. When we constantly look ahead and never focus on the tasks at hand we often forget to enjoy the journey and the little things that make life worth living.

We all have so many thoughts whirling around in our minds each day we sometimes overlook truly significant reflection. We often overload our senses and tend to stress over the accumulation of smaller, less important things and forget more important life goals. Simple changes such as practicing the old habit of writing things down can be very helpful. This simple exercise helps to reinforce a realistic view of your schedule and helps our memories focus on the immediate rather than the eventual.    

Once you have written things down, schedule time for each task and work to simply check each item off your list. Make sure you have fully completed one task before moving on to the next. This type of progress can be very fulfilling as opposed to having 5 tasks partially completed.

Overloading yourself is never a good idea. It can lead to forgetting more important tasks and cause stress related problems. In your busy life, learn to single-task to take control of your time. You will find there is always enough time to do it right the first time.

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Madness

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This time of year, when the calendar rolls over into December life turns stressful for most everyone. With the rush of holiday party planning, present buying and spending time with family and friends, most businesses are trying to keep up with the demand from clients and customers while meeting end of year quotas and vacation time requests from employees. As a business owner, learning to maintain balance while actually enjoying yourself during the holiday madness is indeed an art form.

Before the holiday season kicks in, don’t forget to plan ahead to maximize productivity as much as possible. Think back on what challenges you had last year. What caused last year’s holiday season to become more demanding? What kept your customers happy? Trying to squeeze in as much as possible with only a few weeks till Christmas can take a drastic toll on your company and your health. Schedule and plan ahead before too many interruptions and events happen to get in the way of a productive and happy holiday season for your company.

Staying positive while having fun in the office will keep stress levels low and may actually increase productivity. As an example, Instead of looking at all the 5 o’clock deadlines, turn on the holiday music to boost spirits and morale and get those tasks completed.

With 2016 coming to a close and the holidays right around the corner, learn to manage your time and spirit and stay positive during this season of busy celebrations.

All of us at Vistage join in wishing you a happy Holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year!!!

Kelly D. Scott
Chairman/CEO
Vistage Florida
better leaders ● decisions ● results