Stop multitasking; start layering

by | Mar 31, 2021 | Blog, Planning, Strategy, Systems, Time Management | 0 comments

On a normal week, I host or attend between 15 and 20 calls. Between 30% and 50% of my working time is on Zoom.

I enjoy connecting with people, and I’ve scheduled things to make sure I still have big blocks for deep work. But it’s intense.

In a few weeks, I’m going to do something different. I’ve blocked off an entire week to be almost entirely call-free.

My free week is going to do three fantastic things for me:

  1. Give me extra time for my book launch
  2. Set aside a recovery day after my second Covid vaccine
  3. Create space for continuing support for my daughter after three focused days of potty training

Will it be complicated to schedule around a week of no calls? Certainly. Will it be worth it three times over? Yes.

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You’ve probably heard the message from every productivity expert out there: multitasking isn’t real.

Our brains loses processing power when we try to switch back and forth between multiple tasks at once. It just doesn’t work.

My no-call week is something different – we can call it layering.

I could have tried to tackle the book, potty training, and vaccine separately, but I realized something – they all need the same setting. I need extra space, and extra flexibility, to navigate them well.

Cutting out calls will allow me to step away whenever my daughter needs me or shuffle projects around if the vaccine knocks me flat for a while. In the meantime, the extra space can go straight to telling the world about why they should buy Eureka Results.

Layering can work perfectly if you have a couple of different priorities that need the same setting, like staying in the cabin for two more days after vacation to write your book, or creating social media content in free spaces during a conference to talk about what you’re learning.

It’s also a great solution if one thing creates space for another, like going for a walk during a meeting or listening to an audiobook while you cook.

Multitasking hurts you when you try to cram different things into the same space. Layering, though, allows you to expand the impact of the things you choose to do.

It’s a subtle difference, but an important one.

Tell me – what kind of layering have you tried that’s worked for you?

p.s. Less than a month until Eureka Results hits the shelves! Check it out right here.

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