Multi-tasking or Single-tasking?


“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
Vistage Florida
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