Those who list “multitasking” as a skill on their resumes should consider revising. According to Devora Zack, CEO of Only Connect Consulting, multitasking cuts productivity by 40 percent.
When we work on two projects at once, our brains are actually switching back and forth between each activity non-stop. Our bodies think multitasking is a good thing because each time we start a new task, our brains gets excited.
Science proves; however, that multitasking decreases productivity and exhausts the brain.
Continue reading for more information about how to focus at work.
One way to stop multitasking is to start a task and commit to it.
If we tell our brain that only one thing will be worked on at a time, it will be easier to convince ourselves that when we start.
Distractions are the #1 reason we multitask. SO, if you work in an office, tell your co-workers you are working on something important and need a distraction free time.
It's important to learn to say no. Filling our plates with too much work can make us feel that we don’t have enough time to complete it, so we do it all at once.
Take Time to Daydream
Many people think of daydreaming as a sign of being unproductive, but a study by the journal of science showed that when the brain is relaxed more creative flow happens.
Writers block happens when a writer is concentrating too hard on a single subject. It usually goes away when they take a break and focus on something different.
The same goes for productivity. Taking a break from brain work can lead to more creativity in the future.
Setting a goal for a month down the road is a good idea. But setting short-term deadlines for that goal is even better.
Doing this reduces the chance of scrambling at the last minute. Setting daily or weekly goals is an important solution to staying focused.
At the start of the week, make a list of all assignments due and prioritize them by importance. Having tasks laid out like this can help a big workload seem attainable instead of overbearing.
Bring on the Fresh Air
A breath of fresh air never hurt anybody. Like daydreaming, taking a walk outside or even just staring out the window can help increase productivity.
The more oxygen we take in the better brain productivity we will have.
Having plants in the office are a good resource for oxygen.
When the bitter winter months or the humid summer months set in, taking walks outside will seem less desirable. Being surrounded by plants is a good way to trick your brain into thinking the office is an outdoor oasis.
If you feel yourself drifting off into the internet black hole or rambling to co-workers about something of no importance, you might be losing focus.
Every now and then ask yourself, “Am I being productive?”
If the answer is no, then do one of the above and get back on task! Its okay to take a break every now and again, but don’t forget to get down to business.