Studies show that the human brain is unable to take on more than one task at a time. Frequently switching between different tasks overtaxes the brain and makes you less efficient. So multitasking is just an illusion
Single tasking is the new multitasking
When single tasking, you focus on one task at a time
. First you finish one task. Only then is it time to start on another. By doing this, you’re up to 80% more productive
than when you spread your attention across multiple tasks.
It’s time to throw the multitasking concept overboard and commit to single tasking
. No idea how to put it into practice? No problem: we have a few tips for you below.
1. Put your mobile phone on ‘Do not disturb’
If you’re able to single-task in a world where multi-tasking and distraction are the norm, you have a super power.
Are you having trouble finishing off the PowerPoint for your internal presentation because you’re constantly being interrupted by telephone calls? The ‘Do not disturb’ mode on your mobile phone is there to reduce your suffering.
When ‘Do not disturb’ is active, calls from unknown callers are blocked. You only receive alerts for calls and messages from pre-selected contacts. So there’s still no need to ignore an important client.
2. Time blocking
Endless to-do lists are not the only way to organise your daily plans. Some of the world’s most productive entrepreneurs, from Elon Musk to Bill Gates, have sworn off to-do lists in favour of something else: time blocking
With time blocking, you plan every moment of the day in advance, linking it to specific time blocks. By planning every minute of the day, you not only protect yourself from distractions, you also increase your focus.
3. Take a break between every single tasking session
Single tasking costs effort and energy. To keep meeting demands, you need to build in regular breaks
to let your mind temporarily reset.
A concrete tip: going outside for a break is better than staying cooped up between four walls.
4. Leave your internet research to the end
A quick jump on the internet to look up a little fact often results in fifteen minutes of mindless browsing. Eliminate the distraction by making a note in your work so you remember you need to look something up when you’re ready to look it up.
Do you work full-time on a computer? Then it can be quite beneficial to turn off the Wi-Fi. You’ll be able to devote your full concentration to your offline work.
5. Make single tasking a habit
Don’t expect that single tasking will run effortlessly from day one. But train yourself to make single tasking a habit and you’ll start meeting your goals much sooner than you could otherwise expect.
Single tasking is the way to go in today’s hectic world. Too many distractions and other stimuli don’t do any of us any good. Start single tasking today!