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Multi-Tasking productivity booster or burner - You'll be surprised

We all have too much to do. So we try to do many things at once. Multitasking.

Believe it or not, a growing body of research indicates multitasking erodes rather than enhances productivity. Several studies found people lost time in performance speed when switching tasks and they lost more time as the task became more difficult.

We only have a limited amount of an attention span at any given moment. As people divide their attention between two seemingly simple tasks like reading email while talking on the phone, comprehension, concentration and short term memory suffer. The more difficult the task the more time you lose switching back – that’s why they say never to use a cell phone when driving – it could kill you.

So here are a few tips to make getting everything that you have to do – done!

  1. For immediate things – such as in the next few days, there’s nothing better than the old fashioned pen and paper to do list. Keep one of those little notebooks with you always to add and cross off things you need to do.
  2. Follow through and finish. For example if you call someone and say you’ll send them something – when you hang up the phone – do it then – all the way through to sealing and addressing the envelope. Don’t batch. It could easily get forgotten.
  3. Outlook has a wonderful automatic memory prompt Tasks. Tasks live below the sent item folder and you can create any task you like and set a date to be prompted. It can be assigned to someone else or created as a recurring task. (Much more on Tasks in the new book)

Debbie Mayo-Smith called the Queen of Productivity is an International Motivational Business Speaker and best selling author! (http://www.successis.co.nz) Let Debbie help you with easy practical ways to improve your business profitability, personal productivity and work life balance. Debbie lives in NZ and travels the world speaking, writing and training. Why not enrol for our free newsletter?

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