Over the last few years, there has been a lot of debate about the effectiveness of multitasking. Productivity experts make the case that trying to do more than one thing at a time leads to poor results. Instead of more, you actually get less done. And what do you get done isn’t exactly game-changing or noteworthy.
But maybe multitasking isn’t broken. Maybe it’s your focus and planning that need a tune-up. Maybe you need to build a plan so that you can get more things done each day. After all, isn’t a plan the key to being productive? With that in mind, here are 6 ideas for hyper-tasking your way to outrageously effective outcomes:
1. Dedicate time each week to prioritizing big-picture goals for the coming week, month and quarter.
2. Use reminders to notify you of upcoming tasks due throughout the day.
3. Change your default hour-long meetings to just 20 minutes, and make sure anyone requesting your time knows you’ll be leaving early.
4. Use task-tracking apps such as Todoist, Wunderlist or Asana to fit in generic tasks when you have a few free minutes.