I used to think I was a good multitasker.
As a matter of fact, I’m rubbish at it.
And so are you.
Just ask any teacher or partner who’s asked you a question that you completely missed because you were focused on something else.
Our bodies do plenty of multitasking – breathing, keeping your heart beating, registering your mild headache, and sending signals to your fingers as you’re typing – but those things get their own areas in your brain to work in.
The executive function of your mind craves focus.
If you find yourself flitting from thing to thing, it might be time to start batching. Try some of these things:
Open your inbox 2-3 times a day, take some time to respond to messages, then close it for a few hours
Set aside blocks of time for calls, and have at least one day each week when you don’t do calls at all
Write several blog posts at once
Brainstorm social media content for a month at a time
Allocate categories of tasks for days of the week (admin on Wednesdays, marketing on Thursdays, client work on Mondays)
Not only will you get more done and feel less stressed, but you’ll find it easier at the end of the day to know what you’ve accomplished.
If you have some tricks up your sleeve for doing this, I’d love to hear them!
Until next week,