Is Multitasking Damaging Your Productivity?
Have you ever taken on too many tasks and the result was none of the tasks were completed on time, or as well as they could have been? For many, this is an easy trap into which to fall. In today’s market, most companies are running very lean; therefore, tasks are spread out among fewer employees, causing a substantial increase in workload. As a result, it is much easier to take on the tasks than to have the tough conversations with supervisors to set barriers that will allow you to focus on less and achieve more.
To Task or To Multitask?
The definition of “task” is: A function to be performed; an objective. Maybe stop emphasizing multitasking. Seriously, how can someone do two tasks at once and be successful? Sure, we need to have a list of priorities to accomplish and deadlines to meet in any given day, but with intention.
Some people believe they’re effective multitaskers, but new research shows it takes 30% more time to complete tasks when done in parallel. Switching back & forth damages productivity; our brains are wired to work best when focusing on one thing at a time.
Just Say No
Finding ways to say no without guilt and still maintain personal and professional success can be empowering and impactful. It’s all about prioritizing, creating a balance, understanding the difference between multitasking and taking on too much—When is enough, enough? Read more at How Multitasking Affects Productivity and Brain Health.
What to Do Next?
If you are experiencing multitasking overwhelm, and are unsure how to address it at work or home, contact Mary Beth Link for a strategy session. You will gain insight into prioritizing tasks and focusing your efforts to maximize results, increase credibility, and decrease stress both at work and in your personal life.
Avoid applying for jobs that list “must be good multitasker.” This translates to “we will overwhelm you with daily tasks and if you can’t keep up, we can’t keep you.”