Devora Zack, author of Singletasking, says that multi-tasking is really just task switching. Multi-tasking seems more efficient, but moving from task to task can zap creativity and reduce your efficiency.
Zack provides the following tips to increase productivity and improve the quality of your work:
- Commit to one task at a time – Eliminate or ignore distractions.
- Practice “clustertasking” – Planning chunks of time dedicated to grouped activities (such as email and returning phone calls) will alleviate the need to take care of everything immediately.
- Divert competing thoughts – Write down unrelated concerns as they crop up, so you can focus on them later.
Stopping multitasking may seem stressful at first, but the benefits of “singletasking” will make you a believer.
Why not give it a try?