“Magic Monday” posts help you start the week off right. Monday is a great day to review and regroup; if you set your mind to it, you can make this your best week yet. Thank gosh it’s Monday!
I am the world’s worst multi-tasker. Some days I can’t even walk the 10 feet from my assistant’s office to the time clock without getting distracted. I am very guilty of trying to do too much, in which case everything I am trying to accomplish suffers. Studies have shown that multitasking isn’t worth it for most people. If you have trouble single-tasking, here’s a short video that may help. The difficult part may be focusing on the video without trying to do something else at the same time!
Have any of you largely eliminated multitasking from your work day? Have you noticed a difference?
Ugh! In recovering from a road trip this weekend (I slept twelve hours straight once I got home), I owe you two blog posts, one for today and one for yesterday. However, I think one of the best skills that we can do as development professionals is to acknowledge that we messed up, don’t dwell on it, and get right to work making this better again. So I will be bringing you the extra post later this week. In the meantime, it’s Magic Monday!
So I’m back in the saddle today, and looking at my to-do list. Because my mental capacity is a little sub-par, I am inclined to do the easy, no-brainer stuff. (I am a natural “productive procrastinator.”) Once in a while this is great—when it’s the end of a day when you’ve been using your noodle non-stop; when you’ve accomplished a lot but have a short period at the end of the day before you leave the office; or when you legitimately don’t have a lot of brainpower left, maybe just before lunch or after a grueling training.
You can really hobble yourself, though, if you’re using the best part of your day to do menial activities. When your brain is fresh and agile, the most efficient use for it is the knowledge work that moves things forward in a strategic way.
Here’s a great article about this very thing from Next Action Associates. It may help you recognize the difference, and what you can do about it. Enjoy!