How to Multitask at Work (By not doing it)

Multitasking: the act of compiling all of your tasks in front of you and attempting to complete all of them simultaneously by switching back and forth between each one – being sure to sacrifice quality for quantity. Many businesses advise clients and employees to do this in hopes of getting work completed faster. Follow these three steps to become an expert multitasker!

Step 1. Don’t. Although this may challenge what you have been told throughout your life, multitasking actually does not increase productivity. Your brain can only work on one project at a time. Much to the despair of many, your brain cannot have two thoughts in the same moment; therefore, it’s impossible to multitask. When you are “multitasking,” you are simply “singletasking” as usual – except a lot less productive.

Step 2. Instead, focus on one task at a time. When you devote your focus to one project, your mind can easily flow without having to adjust back and forth between topics. By signifying a specific amount of time of each task and completing it in one sitting, the work will be of higher quality due to the commitment of the worker’s time and energy. Don’t sacrifice the quality of your work; focus on one task at a time.

Step 3. Sit back and relax, as you’ve finished all of your work much quicker. After taking an allotted amount of time to spend on only one task, you will find that your productivity will actually increase. Rather than having a multitude of half-finished projects that you cannot submit, you will have half of the projects fully completed and ready to be sent – or possibly more, since you have eliminated the time spent adjusting to each task.

By following the steps above, you can ease your brain, produce higher quality tasks, and increase your productivity. It’s as simple as not multitasking. Focus on one task at a time and your work will significantly improve.