Time Management

How to avoid multitasking in a day to day routine life?

What is multitasking?

  • Multitasking is a practice of handling several different tasks at the same time.
  • In today’s competitive world it is become necessary to accomplish the assigned task as early as possible. It does not mean that it is necessary to become a multitasker.
  • Due to advancement in technology, many believe that multitasking is easy to implement and it is a required skill.
  • But the fact is multitasking is actually a harmful habit.

Why avoid multitasking?

  • Due to multitasking, it is possible that you will finish all the assigned tasks but you will lower the quality required.
  • The time required to finish all the tasks makes multitasking very inefficient.
  • It divides a person’s concentration and energy which in turns lowers the required attention.
  • Multitasking may cause stress and anxiety.
  • You may kill your creativity due to multitasking.

Steps to avoid multitasking

1. Change your mindset

  • If you have a mind set that multitasking works well then you need to change your mind set.
  • Don’t make your job a alphabet soup.
  • If you are handling more task at the same time then the probability of doing mistake will also increase.
  • Be aware of your casual habits that will lead to multitasking.

2. Plan your day

  • You need to plan your day before having a start. First, make to-do-list.
  • You need to prioritize your work.
  • After prioritization, you need to schedule your work.
  • Make sure that you should start early. Because when you get a good start you will feel fresh to continue.
  • End your day with to-do-list and note down the task completed.

3. Finish before you start

  • Make a habit of doing one thing at a time.
  • Do not start the new task unless and until you have finished the previous one.
  • Don’t allow a small task to interrupt the big one.
  • This will help you to keep yourself organized.

4. Be present and focused

  • Do not let your past or future dominate over the present.
  • Always focus on the current task and don’t let other distractions to interrupt in.
  • Surround yourself with positive people who inspire and encourage you.

5. Manage distractions

  • Small tasks like checking email, managing phone calls, etc. distract a lot. Therefore you need to take out some time to manage these things.
  • During the distraction, our mind is not able to retain the new information.
  • Small distraction may lead to a big error like missing deadlines.
  • The best way to avoid distraction is, do not hesitate in saying ‘NO’.
  • You may also appoint one person who can take care of these small tasks.


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