Posted by: Cathy | October 3, 2016

October Octopus: Multi-tasking is a myth

coach-blog-100316-october-octopus-multi-task Multi-tasking is a myth. (“The Myth of Multitasking”, Psychology Today)

Even if an octopus could do 8 different tasks with its 8 arms, it would work faster using all 8 arms on one task.

If you really want to get more done, the trick is to use boundaries to mono-focus on one thing at a time. Here are some examples of using boundaries to focus:

* Shut the door
* Set an intention
* Turn off your phone and close your email
* Use a timer
* Group similar tasks together to save time and energy
* Set a specific project out on your desk or work space
* Work to complete a certain number of tasks, articles, pages, words, etc.
* Write an agenda before you have a phone meeting; stick to the agenda and add to it at the end if there is time

Boundaries help us define the scope of what we’re working on. By being specific about our scope, we know what we need to do, how, and when. Then we can get to it and check it off our to-do list.

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