Six Ways to Monitor your Multitasking

Here are some tips to help you or your clients avoid multitasking:

1) Always practice “single tasking” when having a serious or important conversation.

2) Find time in your schedule to focus on important or complex projects – either each day or several times a week.

3) Turn off the email notification signal on your computer, and check your email only two to three times a day. It may be hard at first but you will benefit from avoiding “urgency sickness”, and you will get more done and feel less stressed.

4) Get an annual rest from technology. Try to have a week free of checking your email and/or business voice mail.

5) Avoid being a 24/7 kind of person. Those who are all work and no play burn out quickly.

6) Make dinner or family meal time sacred. Don’t answer the phone, turn off the TV, Cell phones and MP3 Players during this time.

If you have any other ideas or suggestions, add some comments.



Filed under Client Management Strategies, Communication, Communication Strategies, Productivity, Thinking

2 responses to “Six Ways to Monitor your Multitasking

  1. Hey ,
    Such a nice post and nice advise .But one more think in today’s world you need to be a person who can multitask .It’s hard , but that’s true .What like on your post is the part of dinner time with family .It such an important thing . just let the phone go if needed , no television , no radio , just you , your meal and your family .It makes a gr8 bond.

  2. Fred

    I think Terry’s concept of taking breaks from Multi-tasking is splendid. To me, multi-tasking is discrete, digital tasking. It gives us instantaneous updates at any time of the day, which is why we’re always checking our e-mail. Before we used to get mail once per day from the mailman! Now we can get our entertainment through instantaneous digital updating – watch a video for a while, pause it, check e-mail, then go back to watching video, visit a website, etc. In terms of aircraft navigational systems, I compare this to GPS which can give us instantaneous updates as to our location. What GPS lacks is what INS (Inertial Navigation Systems) offers – which is a continuous ongoing tracking history of where we’ve gone from our starting point until now. (Airplanes will carry both the GPS and INS navigation systems because they complement each other.) The same is true of reading a print novel in book form. With reading a book you cannot multitask and skip all over. You start with the beginning of the story, and continuously and incrementally read page by page. So I think reading is the perfect anecdote and counterbalance to multitasking. It forces us to slow down and engage in a continuous, beginning- to-end mental task. It’s ideal to devote time in the evening to unwind and let our minds experience solidifying INS thinking from reading instead of the scatterbrained GPS experience we get from the internet, TV, etc. So I’d add reading as another tip to Terry’s excellent list.

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