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Multitasking Part 1

Multitasking Part 1

Hey Bold-Thinkers!

It's the 38th week of the year.

How do you feel about that?

I was doing my business journaling yesterday, and the prompt for this week was:

How does multitasking affect your work hours and productivity? What adjustments do you want/need to make?

[learn more about the prompts here]

I am guilty of multitasking - and I have some specific structures I have in place to slow me down.

Why would I want to slow myself down?

I want to focus on high quality work - and not just doing things to get them done.

I want to have the right tasks prioritized - so I know if I need to ask for additional support.

I don't want my work to be an endurance test - so proper pacing and mono-tasking are needed.

Multitasking is something that's prized and encouraged in many work environments.

The problem with this is - multitasking messes with our productivity.

Here are 4 ways I reduce multitasking during the work day:

1. I block out "project time" on my calendar - so I can focus on that one item. I protect this time and I turn off/minimize all distractions during that time.

2. I journal first thing in the morning so I can set the right tone for the day. This is especially important for me on Mondays because sometimes I try to overdo things at the top of the week.

3. I turn on the "do not disturb" feature on my phone so I'm not tempted to look at it during my project time.

4. I work in 45 minute chunks. I set a timer and then focus on the one thing/task for 45 minutes. Then I take a break and use my hula hoop. Yes, I have an actual hula hoop.

How do you feel about multitasking? 

Does it support your productivity? 

Is there anything about your multitasking you would change or shift?

Kanesha Baynard

Kanesha is the founder of the Bold Living Today community focused on helping members disrupt unfulfilling patterns through creativity and navigate transition with confidence and boldness.