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.
5. Make it a priority to get done everything you put on your list each day. Be religious about not procrastinating.
6. Use your calendar as a “real time” diary of whom you call and what you do throughout the day. This makes it easier to remember in the future.
Maybe it’s time to start planning to get more done.
Multitasking, hyper-tasking, focusing on what’s important—whatever you call it, being amazing requires you to do more than mere mortals.
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Dan Waldschmidt is an international business strategist, speaker and author. He is author of the soon-to-be-released Edgy Conversations: How Ordinary People Achieve Outrageous Success. For more information, go to danwaldschmidt.com.