Friday, June 24th, 2016
Can we become more effective when we multitask? The root cause of the problem is neither time nor too much to do. The problem is much more deeply rooted in a fear of letting go of control, not having a clear vision or being unable to focus. Or all of the above.
The more you do, the harder it is to let go. The more complex, the more blurry your vision. The more tasks to do, the more difficult it will be to focus and complete only one. Multitasking seems to be an ineffective solution to the problem.
Multitasking is only an effective solution when it involves fully mastered tasks. Two or more tasks you don’t have to actively think about or analyze. The problem is, that most tasks, unfortunately, need active thinking, at least at some point. The most productive days are not the ones that we do most work, but the ones that we do the most important work well.
Once you pick what you deem to be the most important task, you need to commit, implying that you’ll finish it, whatever it takes. Without commitment, there is an incrementally higher chance that you will abort it when it gets too difficult or boring. If, however, you are committed to completing a task, you’ll focus your attention on finishing it well, enabling you to move onto the next one sooner.
Commitment might keep you going, but discipline will make sure you stay focused on your goal. The more focused you are, the faster you will complete the task, the faster you will be able to move on.
Summing-up: To be an effective multitasker, you need to learn to clarify your vision, prioritize what needs to be done, and focus with commitment until it is completed.