Joining to the show to give you an important life-hack is Founder and owner of Peak Performance, Trigena Halley. She is here to tell you something you may not want to hear, you can't multitask! She says, "Research conducted at Stanford University found multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. Research has found that people who are regularly flooded with several pieces of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information or switch from one job to another as effectively compared to those who complete one task at a time."
She gives us a few ways to work productively that doesn’t involve multitasking.
- Eliminate Outside Distractions - turn off all technology distractions and alert others to refrain from interrupting you.
- Set a Timer - set a timer and only focus on one thing at a time.
- “Chunk” your Time - commit to finishing a certain number of priorities before engaging in other activities.
- Schedule Distractions - schedule time to do the things that tend to make you multitask.
- Mindfully Redirect - be mindful of where your head is taking you, keep focused on the task at hand and redirect attention to that task.
- Prime Time - schedule harder tasks during the time you are most effective. If you are a morning person do your more difficult tasks in the morning when your focus and clarity are at their best.
- Habits and Triggers - be aware of your habits, when do you tend to migrate toward multitasking, what are the triggers or habits that need to be addressed to keep you from multitasking.
- Take a Break - take a real break, not a break to multitask but a break to let your mind rest - walk around, meditate or just close your eyes, breathe and relax.
- Airplane mode - put yourself and your technology in “airplane mode” and focus on what you need to get accomplished.
For more information email Trigena at firstname.lastname@example.org.