In my exploration on the subject of multi-tasking, I kept stumbling across something very strange: Most articles that talked about multi-tasking seemed to have this common image of a working professional with multiple arms. One hand was holding a coffee cup to the person’s lips, the other hand had a phone up to the person’s ear, yet another hand was writing with a pen, the other hand was typing on a keyboard and so on. I found it interesting that the subject of multi-tasking could bring about such a cross-cultural creation of an American working professional merging with arms of a Hindu god. And then I thought to myself, “Only in America!”
So what is this multi-armed, multi-tasker trying to teach us mere mortals? Can we do it all and achieve this higher level of work nirvana? Unfortunately, research now strongly denounces multi-tasking and is now backing mono-tasking.
With this great paradigm shift, what does this mean for the god-like professional trying to achieve perfection at work? Well, to start, many Millellinals don’t wear suits and some never even set foot in the office. Also, since you don’t need so many arms, now it’s about focusing on your God-given talents and prioritizing. Hence, you can leave all the task-switching to the real gods and goddesses and you can make the best of the arms and hands you have.
Multi-tasking is really task-switching. Countless studies have shown that switching from one task to another is more time-consuming than mono-tasking because of the need to constantly re-focus. The tasks actually take longer to complete so in the end you’re actually less productive than if you had tackled each task in succession. In addition, multi-tasking results in more mistakes, an example is texting while driving, which has led to numerous accidents. Multi-tasking forces a person to spread him- or herself so thin that nothing really seems to get done.
It’s hard to focus on work all the time. Your emotions, thoughts and just “to-do” list creeps into your thoughts. And then there’s the tsunami of distractions involved with technology. All these screens, apps, social media and various distractions on the internet throw you off course.
An informative video provided by best-selling author Brendon Burchard, called, “How to Stay Focused” gives some expert tips on how to stay focused and experiencing the best quality of life through mindfulness and reigning in your focus. Here’s how Burchard says to get your focus back:
In an effort to get and stay focused, Burchard wants you to strip away distractions, re-evaluate what you’re doing and figure out what you should be doing. Burchard understands the value of time and makes you realize that more of your time should be spent doing something that produces some sort of gain, and this can be emotional as well as financial.
IT professionals have it rough. Meetings, managing global teams, project launches, wowing clients and a million emails sent to you all in the span of seconds. With all these never-ending tasks, you might wish you had those multiple, god-like arms and hands to miraculously get your work done. But don’t fret. There is someone who understands all your frustrations and is here to help.
Ajit Nawalkha has tried and tested techniques to conquer your work challenges and get you doing more of what needs to get done. Below are the main points from Nawalkha’s video titled “The 5×5 Principle Of Producitivity.” In addition, Nawalkha has used information from the book, Making Ideas Happen to add more information to this video. Below are the main points for greater productivity:
I’ve also noticed that your calender will become very important after implementing this system since this will help you keep track of follow-ups and other necessary items that you may be anticipating.
There’s also the big question of the backlog of your emails. I know there are a lot of emails to organize in your inbox, but don’t wait! There’s no time like the present. The emails will never end, and they’ll just keep piling up unless you do something about it. Here’s are two action items Nawalkha recommends:
We all have so much going on in our personal and professional lives that you’re bound to be in situations where everything comes at you all at once. But the important matters or ones that we feel strongly about require focus, organization and a vision that leads to progress.
I hope that the information in this post gives professionals in the IT industry the confidence to flex their muscles and do some heavy lifting at work while bringing more focus, productivity and follow-up.
What do you vote for? Multi-tasking or mono-tasking? Why?
Multi-tasking is almost forced onto most women I know, as they manage chores for home and office duties simultaneously – and wishing a day had more than 24 hours! The insights and guidance provided here actually come as a reprieve.
It stands to reason that when you juggle too many balls, one (or more) of them has to drop. Goodbye multitasking, or should we say good riddance!?
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