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.


Premratan Kushwaha
Mechanical Engineer turned career enthusiast. After facing issues in finding the right job for myself and then realising that despite my degree I don't completely understand the significance of various profiles in the industry, I decided to make career out of helping others in finding the right career path.

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