Multitasking. It’s a skill that we’re all raised with and praised for. Juggling five things at once. It’s the road to efficiency and effectiveness for your wash business. After all, being more effective leads to more productivity and more productivity leads to more success, right?
What’s Wrong with Multitasking?
We seek to maximize efficiency by fragmenting ourselves and our attention. The more tasks at once, the more we split. But there are huge flaws with this type of thinking.
First, scientific research suggests that only about 2% of the population is actually capable of multitasking effectively. For the rest of us poor souls, trying to do multiple things at once is a recipe for workplace disaster. Why? For 98% of the population, doing more than one thing at a time leads to decreased attention span and less productivity in completing tasks.
When multitasking, we can never give 100 percent of our attention to one problem or one person. We can’t give ourselves to the situation at hand. But don’t we deserve (and expect) 100 percent attention from those we engage with, consult, and employ? If so, then we’d better be willing to give it, too.
We multitask all the time. It’s become our society’s bad habit. Unfortunately, multitasking keep us so mentally-divided that we have difficulty EVER focusing. Luckily, there are some simple ways to regain your concentration. Here are some of our favorite tips.
One. Stop Doing Everything at Once
Sure, we’re all guilty of it. But it’s quite literally getting us nowhere. Switching browser tabs and apps on your phone… Checking social media, messages, email… Thinking about the million things you have to do but just keep putting off…
The question is… Where is all of this “multitasking” getting you?
Stressed. Tired. Distracted. Underproductive. Make a decision now to focus on one task, and stick with it, even if just for a few minutes per day.
Two. Get Your Priorities Straight
Before your feet hit the floor in the morning, you need to start thinking about a daily objective. Ask yourself these questions every morning:
What would make the biggest difference in my life?
Don’t waste your time procrastinating or hanging out in indecision land. The point is to pick one task and make it the most important of the day.
Three. Prepare to Focus
When you get to work, and before you do ANYTHING else, clear away all browser tabs, applications, and anything you don’t need for a 15-minute focus section on the item you’ve prioritized for the day.
Then, start a timer and get rolling…
Four. Dive In
During your 15-minute session, you cannot switch to focusing on anything but your designated goal. You can only work on this task or sit there doing nothing.
Remain aware of your urges to switch tasks, but don’t give into them. Come on. It’s only 15 minutes.
Five. Limit Temptations
When you start having focus sessions, 15 minutes will seem like a very long time. But you can increase your chances of success by avoiding temptations.
For example, if you’re an Internet addict (and who isn’t these days?), shut it down while you work.
But DO keep a pencil and paper handy to jot down ideas and subjects you’d like to Google later.
Six. Set Yourself Up for Success
Having trouble focusing for 15 minutes? Then, start with ten.
Not able to do it perfectly every day? Get back on it as soon as you can.
Make this activity work for you, and watch your ability to focus on one task take your business to the next level.
Imagine what we could hear, learn, and do if we were 100 percent present in work situations. We’d be more focused, apt, adaptive…
We’d become better decision makers. And we’d solve problems better. Enhanced problem-solving skills lead to greater productivity, happiness, and job satisfaction.
Multitasking & Employees
According to a 2014 survey from the HR consulting firm The Energy Project, employees who were able to focus on one task at a time reported being 50% more engaged at their jobs than those who were not.
Engaged employees were also more likely than non-engaged workers to feel valued by their employers, to find meaning in their work, and to be able to take breaks for themselves during the workday.
Wouldn’t you like to reap the same benefits?
Learning to focus on one important task related to your business per day will yield many rewards. Even if it’s just for 15 minutes.
Once you’ve started dedicating some time to the practice of singular concentration, increase your number of sessions as slowly as possible.
There’s no need to rush to do more. After all, practice makes perfect. Just be sure you’re only practicing one thing at a time…
Let us know in the comments below if multi-tasking gets in the way of your focus at work. Do you have any tips for getting back on track and thinking about one task at a time? If so, how do you restore your concentration? Or feel free to contact us for more tips on how to increase your productivity at work.