Getting More Done Without Multitasking
As people in this crazy busy world we now live, we try to get more done in less time. The man often jokes that I was born in the wrong era. I love the simplicity and connectedness of the late 40’s and early 50’s (not to mention the fashion). I often try to figure out how I can bring that into the hustle and bustle of everything I manage on a daily basis. Thankfully I have a man who helps and very responsible children, but still, it can be overwhelming!
One of my biggest problems being a classic overachiever is multitasking. I think I can get more in and not a moment wasted. Ya know what this gets me? A bunch of forgotten tasks, children who have to constantly remind me, and stress. Yes, it makes my life even more stressful.
Who needs more stress?? I know I sure don’t! Rather than fly off to an exotic location and drink fruity drinks all day (some days I wish I could!), I decided to figure out a solution. I have mental illness that is triggered by stress. I finally figured this out about a year ago. This year I have been working on stress managment so I don’t end up locking myself in my room to avoid the crazy.
I have come to realize multitasking is a huge contributor to my stress. Stop and think about your typical day, your stress level, and all that you try to cram in. Are you a chronic multitasker too? I bet if you have read this far, you can identify with me.
I am still a work in progress on this one. Here are a few tips I am using to calm the choas in my brain, slow down, and even get more done!
- Self talk. Yes, I talk to myself. I always have (even had a teacher make fun of me in elementary school). It seems to solidify what I am working on. I constantly verbally remind myself to slow down and focus.
- Writing it down. When I am doing a task and something else comes to mind, I write it down instead of working on both things. I use Evernote on my phone or my paper planner when I am at my desk. This has been the biggest help! It keeps my mind clear of trying to remember something and helps me get back my focus.
- Rewards. From the gold star in kindergarten, the desire never changes. For instance, once I complete a longer task, I reward myself with a few minutes of social media. This does two things; first, I have more ambition to finish the task, and second, it tells my brain we are done and moving on to something else.
- Get the family involved. I know as women we want to be Wonder Woman, kickin’ ass and takin’ names. Sorry to disappoint, but she is just fictional. I mean seriously! No one can have THAT bod! Well, I guess maybe with some surgical enhancements. Anyways, get your kids to be more responsible. They can do much more than we give them credit for. Ignore the complaints and accept their best (even if it doesn’t meet your standard). We put too much pressure on ourselves. OK, I will step off of this soapbox of mine. But seriously, become a good delegator.
Are you a chronic multitasker too? Tell me, what helps you get it all done?