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What You Need to Do to Stop Multitasking

In the last 2 blog posts we talked about why multitasking is bad and some tips on focusing on what you need to get done.

Here we list 13 things that you can do to start Single-Tasking instead of Multitasking:

  1. Eat breakfast without checking your phone, watching the news or reading the paper.
  2. Simply sit and observe when you’re on the train, bus, or in a waiting room.
  3. Watch a movie from start to finish without distractions.
  4. Listen to an album all the way through.
  5. Focus on the art of listening instead of talking.
  6. Capture to-dos in a notebook instead of multitasking.
  7. Have a morning ritual.
  8. Divide your tasks into 20 minute intervals.
  9. Declutter your workspace.
  10. Detox from technology one day a week. (You do need at least one day of rest a week. Disconnect!)
  11. Check your phone/emails at designated times of the day.
  12. Slow down your evening with a night ritual. Start shutting off lights one hour before bed and stay off the phone, computer or tablet.
  13.  Keep one browser window open at a time when online.

These might sound difficult for you to do, but if you start implementing at lease a few of them at a time, you’ll see that you’ll be more focused and productive.

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The above list is based on Jo Chunyan’s article. 

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Why You Need to Stop Multitasking [Infographic]

Baby boomers will remember when the Personal Computer first came out in the 90s. The coolest thing ever was their ability to do multitasking. You could have more than window or program open and easily switch back and forth.

As PCs got smarter, as did our phones, medical science now tells us that multitasking is bad for us.

I’m a high-energy person. I do have trouble shutting off my brain to relax and fall asleep at night. Even praying becomes an instant to-do list in my head.

I found this infographic on Inc. It’s created by Fuse and they’re promoting video conferencing. Which, by the way, is the only way I do 1:1 coaching. I also do initial phone consults with everybody instead of meeting them for coffee somewhere. I use an online scheduler to manage my consults. Saves a ton of time and effort.

What caught my eye in the infographic on multitasking was:

  • All the distractions and interruptions we have every day. Hence why I use a scheduler!
  • 92% of workers admit they multitask during meetings. How annoying is it when you’re presenting something and people texting or checking emails. Is it really that urgent?
  • The drop in productivity. Aren’t we multitasking to be more productive?
  • It takes longer to accomplish a single task.
  • We make more errors?

Why You Need to Stop Multitasking [infographic]

This is the first in a series of 3 articles on Multitasking, Focusing and Mindfulness.

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About the Author:

Giselle Aguiar, founder of AZ Social Media Wiz is a social media, inbound and content marketing specialist & trainer helping small business owners learn how to leverage the power of social media marketing, increase traffic to their websites, generate leads, increase brand awareness and establish themselves as experts in their fields. She’s been doing Internet marketing since 1995. She manages the social media and content marketing for Simply Smashing Rage Room and other clients. Check out her social media marketing classes on YouTube.

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