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?