Each time my day ends, I would often ask myself if I’m getting more things done with all the tasks I have to juggle around. Time management is a major issue among entrepreneurs and staying productive is something of a hit or miss deal for many. The solution is simple: Multitasking. But, are those who multitask effective at their jobs? I might as well borrow Douglas’ words and say that doing so is like ‘reading this blog while cooking dinner, watching the news on TV, and riding a stationary bicycle…’ and I can’t blame him if he made a case out of it and brought the myth to the limelight. I will have to agree though, that multitasking doesn’t work.
Breaking Through Multitasking Perceptions
There’s a new study that shows that those who think they have awesome multitasking skills are really bad at it. So, the next time you see someone looking confident, talking on their cell phones while driving, I’d stay far away and be very cautious. Also, it has been proven in previous research that those who multitask often produce sub-par quality where work is concerned. On top of that, there’s the extra stress for trying to do many things at once. You might be wondering why I’m writing about this topic. It was inspired by this post from Kenneth on this Multitasking Myth, where my response got me intriguing reactions to start with. Job seekers often flaunt being able to multitask like it’s some kind of a special skill.. when it’s actually not. It spells poor quality, easily distracted and missing deadlines to me. But, what’s really a cause for concern is that those who believe they are good multitaskers think they are better than everyone else.
The Anatomy of Multiple Distractions
Another mystery of the human brain is how it processes data and sends out decisions, one step at a time. Those who multitask may have some chemical imbalance that makes them addicted to doing lots of things at once because they somehow feel justified being so busy.. and unfortunately, distracted. Technology may be a contributing factor, especially when we can do so many things on our screens with just a touch. If you have felt like you’ve reached a tipping point and you can’t wait to get away from your gadget, you know what I mean. All these information clutter, interruptions may simply be too much. Is it then right to say that multitasking is born out of boredom from the daily work routine? You may feel like you’re doing a great balancing act, but doing so can impair your cognitive ability, not to mention.. your creativity.
Learning the Art of Delegation
When you’re just starting a business, you can put a lot on your plate. While you want to be hands-on during the initial phase, wearing many hats may wear you down real fast. Here’s where you have to consider getting extra help to lessen the load. This is where outsourcing comes in, where you outsource tasks that you hate doing, those you’re not good at doing and those that you can delegate easily. Then, it leaves you more room in brainstorming strategies for growing your business. You have to use your time wisely and just the same, you need to learn to trust people to add value. Sit down and take time to make a list of tasks you want to outsource and assign priority levels to each. Outsourcing is not an easy way out, but an extra cushion for your feet as you walk this rocky path towards success.
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