Multi-tasking is a way of life for many, while others try to avoid doing more than one thing at a time. For some of us, it is something we must tolerate in order to maintain some sense order and accomplishment in our daily lives.
You probably realize that your success is riding on your ability to maximize your time and performance to the highest optimal point possible. You can only handle so much in any given 24-hour day and unless you’ve found a way to add more time to the clock, you have to do more in less or the same amount of time without running yourself into the ground. We all have 168 hours in the week and it’s all about how effectively we use the time we have.
The five principles outlined below are not difficult, but they do take discipline – and that’s what efficient multi-tasking comes down to. Multi-tasking shouldn’t make you feel like you’re in the middle of a cyclone; there is actually a way to apply effective multi-tasking principles that will help you keep your sanity AND add time to your day. Here are five secrets of effective multi-tasking:
1. Give your full attention to the task in front of you
2. Setting specific time frames for task completion
3. Becoming effective at switching gears within like/similar activities
4. Prioritizing high pay-off and low priority tasks
5. Honor thy calendar