The ability to focus may be one of the most important techniques to master to achieve great things in life. But if you’re trying to split your focus to include more than one task, then you’re definitely hurting your productivity.
You only get to find out that the task you splits your focus into doing contains lots of errors. This can make you “Jack of all trade, master of none”
If you want to get more done in less time, you need to stop multitasking. Instead of doing many things at half-effort, concentrate on your most important tasks… one at a time. is key.
Here are 20 Most Effective Ways To Overcome Multitasking Problems And Focus More
1. Write down your tasks
You might want to do every item as it arrives on your agenda, but that is not an efficient way to handle your duties. When new ideas pop up, briefly write down a note or put it on your calendar for future reference.
Go back to your original task. Writing it down allows your brain to set it aside and refocus.
2. Don’t Skip
Are you tired of your task? Take five minutes and breathe; but never give up on that task.
One of the best ways to avoid multitasking is to complete the task and not give up. If you give up on task, the previous one –unfinished one– will always be in your mind when you do the next task. So in this case, complete your tasks and never give up.
3. Clean Up Your Desk Area
If you are finding it difficult to concentrate, think of your desk as prime real estate. Whatever sits on it needs to deserve to take up the space. Only items you use on a daily basis should sit here.
Keep supplies close by like drawers and pencil caddies are convenient ways to make sure often-used items are handy.
Also, keep things in reach such as resources, files and other items you use on a daily basis should be within arms reach. If you keep a telephone book on your desk, but use an online directory, then the phone book needs to go.
4. Set Up A routine
This can be helpful if you spend a good chunk of your day on the computer or working from home. Instead of diving in to tasks willy-nilly, set up a schedule that tells you what to work on and when (and be sure to incorporate some breaks into the day).
That way, you’ll know what to expect from yourself each time you sit down to work (and you’ll be less tempted to goof off on ).
5. Schedule how you check your email
It’s not effective to read and answer every email as it arrives. Just because someone can contact you immediately does not mean that you have to respond to them immediately. People want a predictable response, not an immediate response.
So as long as people know how long to expect an answer to take, and they know how to reach you in an emergency, you can answer most types of email just a few times a day.
6. Set goals
Know what you’re going to do and the length you intend to cover before you start doing it. If you have no clear path, distractions can come easily. Before starting a new task, take a few minutes to plan out the steps you’ll need to complete and in what order—that way, you’ll be less able to wander.
7. Break your Deadlines
We all know how quickly we can work when something is due tomorrow. If we give ourselves a week, it will take a week. Tell me it’s due tomorrow and see how my mind focuses on getting it done.
Schedule time in your calendar and tell yourself it must be done in a shorter time frame. Make sure you eliminate all possibilities of distraction.
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