Task-switching is costing us as much as 40% of our productivity*
I don’t believe I have ADHD but I do believe I’m constantly tempted by many things I
need to do,
want to do,
asked to do,
and it’s becoming harder for me to focus on one task at a time.
Here’s my story.
I’m working on a project when I get a text from my daughter to confirm the pickup time.
I’m going to check the directions.
After I check the directions I go and update my calendar to reflect the driving time.
While I’m updating the calendar I remember I need to send an invite to a client.
Now I’m going into my emails to get his email address.
While in my Inbox…
You get the idea…
Twenty minutes later I even forgot what task I was working on and probably forgot to answer my daughter’s text…
This constant task-switching makes us less effective and mentally fatigued. It gives us the illusion of productivity when in reality, we’re working harder at a reduced level of quality.
Without a structure in place, task-switching is what we do and we’re paying for it a 40% reduction in productivity.
To reduce the loss of productivity we need to have a structure in place to increase our focus time.
A simple structure that works for me involves a sticky note and a notepad.
If I need to work on a task for longer than 10-15 minutes:
I write the task on a sticky note and I stick it on my computer to remind myself where I should focus my attention.
When a new task comes to mind, I will write it down on a notepad that I keep near my computer. Yes, even if the task takes only a few seconds. This relaxes me because I will not forget the task that comes to mind.
When I practice this, I find that:
I get more done
I feel more accomplished at the end of the day
I have more positive energy.
Do you find yourself tasks switching? If yes, give this simple method a try.
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