Once upon a time one used to take pride in the amount of tasks one could do simultaneously whilst still staying on top of the key matters that we had to attend to.
Not sure if you have noticed but lately there has been a real push from the business thinkers for people to take a look at their work styles and ask the question “is multi tasking really the best way to go?”
Recent research suggests that “less is more” and that if we turn off the phone and the email for a while and get on with the important tasks one at a time, we will achieve better outcomes and live happier lives.
It’s a bit of a challenge for most of us to make this kind of change (me included). Most people do tend to respond to the urgent rather than the important. But deep down I know these business thinkers are right.
Someone once said that it’s the little things that make the most impact. So what does this mean for the harried business person today. Here’s a few thoughts:
At the start of the day:
- Don’t open the email first thing
- Think about your day and what you should achieve – what are the important tasks to get done
- Slot these in to your calendar at the best time of the day for you
- Ideally do them first, then attend to the lesser tasks
Yes, we have all heard the above somewhere before. I have. I’m going to do something about it.
I’m going to give it a go! Wanna join me?