Doing everything at the same time never works. After all, the saying is old! More haste, less speed. However, and despite knowing this, we are tempted to do as much as possible all at once, hoping to finish work early, but with emails, phone calls, and text messages constantly disrupting our workflow this has become increasingly challenging. So, if you want to be as efficient as you can be in order to enjoy more free time and be more successful, it’s vital that you devote yourself to doing one task at a time.
You can do two things at once, but you can’t focus effectively on two things at once.
When we have several things to think about at the same time, we end up doing nothing with total dedication. Our brain is thinking about all the things we have to finish, so we do not focus entirely on what we are doing right now.
Make a list of the things you want to accomplish for the day ideally the night before or early in the morning. This allows your brain to relax as the pressure of forgetting something is taken off.
When you start working, set your priorities. Focus on one task at a time and turn off email, message, and if possible phone notifications so you can fully immerse yourself in your work. This will direct all of your attention to the task at hand without thinking about the other ones. Once you’ve finished, look at the remaining tasks and start a new one (5 minute email and facebook break allowed, but don’t let it turn into half and hour!). The important thing here is to always be completely focused on the task you are doing. Trying to tackle two, three, or four things all at once is a mistake. And if the task is so big as to give you the fear of not even starting it, break it into parts and complete one at a time. Try these tactics and your efficiency will increase.
Remember: Always finish what you started. Leaving something halfway through to start something else will lessen your commitment, as well as your overall efficiency and quality. We are most creative after having been fully immersed into something.