{31 days of easy organising solutions} – focus, don’t multitask

It’s long since been thought that good time management means multitasking.

Thank goodness that theory’s mostly been abandoned by the experts but in some people’s minds,k there still exists the myth that doing many things at once means you’re making good use of your time.

You’re not.

Every time you switch to another thing on your list, you lose focussed energy. It takes minutes to get back into the zone to where you were before you switched focus.

This is why I like to turn off my Outlook and phone when I’m working (like right now) so that I can get completely focussed on the task at hand, writing.

Why don’t you try to focus on one thing at a time (I realise this is not a popular thing to do in this very busy and overwhelming world of ours with social media and the like…) and honestly evaluate if your productivity but also general happiness increases?

  1. If you’re spending time with your kids, BE there (not on your phone).
  2. If you’re cooking supper, BE there (and your cooking won’t burn like mine used to do).
  3. If you’re working on a project, turn off your phone and email.

 

Are you up for the challenge? Where are you on the focus scale where 1 is very distracted and 10 is really good focus?

 

My book, Live Organised, deals with more of the mental part of organising.

 

PS I think I’ve got really good focus but it has gotten worse the last couple of years *ahem* twins so I’d say an 8.

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