I’ve always been proud of my ability to multi-task, but I’ve recently learned sometimes it’s not something we should aspire to!
Now going for a walk and listening to music or a podcast – tick, totally cool. Checking emails, answering the phone and listening to a webinar at once while planning a big project – totally UNcool! Also called switch-tasking, it can be very inefficient and take us off on a tangent instead of helping us work smarter.
Now here’s a VERY cool exercise to illustrate this point – it only takes 2 minutes. Go here – davecrenshaw.com/myth-of-multitasking-exercise/.
Well, what do you think? You didn’t do the exercise did you? Go DO it! … How cool was that? Pretty powerful stuff huh?
So many of us don’t have enough hours in the day to do all we think we need to, but if we can learn to focus better – apparently 25 minutes is the magical time period that we are able to stick to (up to 3 times per day but no more), we should all be more focused and efficient. I’ve been working on this already.
Another magical tool I’ve found recently (thank you Ben Cummings) is a website called www.brain.fm that plays inspiring music that you program to be relaxing or intense when you need some help focusing. It’s all scientific and while wearing earphones it really let’s you shut everything out so you can work on that project you keep putting off. Try it. Find a project you need to work on, plug in and ignore all distractions. It’s hard, but using this tool is super helpful. If you have bluetooth headphones you can get all sorts of things done while zoning out (or focusing intensely!). I even listen to it while reading sometimes – it’s great how everyone leaves you alone when you’re wearing earphones! Everyone in the family can have a go at using this tool and you will look forward to your little breaks of productivity! FYI it’s US$148 for lifetime access OR you can find great stuff on YouTube (click this out as an example. You can find free stuff easily or use Brain FM so you don’t need to think about it!!
My blog ‘the over-r-whelm’ was the result of this amazing stimulation I keep digging up and now I can’t get enough… I hope you’re enjoying this stuff – please let me know! I’ve opened a can of worms and it’s pretty cool diving into these new areas and really see what’s there! Where do you get your inspiration?