Being organised is something most people aspire to be, but unfortunately the majority of us fail to become. I have struggled with being organised at numerous points in my life, moments where I have taken on a lot of projects at once, I've made a long list of goals and tasks to do but was unable to achieve them due to a lack of organisation and balance. Being organised is not something we become overnight, it is an intentional process of developing habits that increase your productivity. I'll be sharing some tips with you every Monday of things that I have done which has helped me to become more organised, as well as tips that studies have shown are effective.
For a long time I thought that I was great at multi-tasking, but when I analysed my productivity from my 'multi-tasking sessions' I would find that although I worked on multiple tasks, I failed to complete anything! Multi-tasking is not as productive as we often think it is, studies have shown that multi-tasking reduces your productivity by 40%. Although you may be able to do more than one task simultaneously that does not mean that you are doing them both to the best of your ability.
The tip for today is to try to focus on one task at a time, set yourself a realistic goal that you would like to accomplish before moving on to another task. The goal does not have to necessarily be completing that task, but it could be to start a specific thing, finish a stage that is required to complete that task etc. In this way you will be able to concentrate on what you are doing without switching between tasks and potentially making unnecessary mistakes. It's that classic case of speaking to someone on the phone and writing an email at the same time, instead of writing what you mean to say you end up writing what you are speaking about, which can be problematic lol.
Working on one task at a time may not always be possible in a work-setting as some jobs require you to multi-task throughout the day, but where possible try to focus your attention on one task at a time even if you are only able to do so for a short period of time. This will help you to be more productive, less stressed and reduce errors.
What are your thoughts on today's tip? Were you surprised that multi-tasking reduces our productivity? Feel free to share this post if you found it helpful and leave your comments. If there are any topics you would like me to cover leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a productive week.