They say it can’t be done!
Multi-tasking is a myth started by people selling self-improvement and efficiency.
Well, I disagree that it can’t be done and indeed I do sell, practice and stand by self-improvement and efficiency.
So, today I’m going to include some of my tips.
Now, I am often a proponent of the ready fire aim school of getting things done, at least in the sense that I don’t let impediments stop me from starting and completing big projects. Life is, for me, one big project. Right now, I’m in the process of reinventing myself and hey, I’m open to suggestions.
While I am doing that, I am also multi-tasking!
Here’s how to do it.
- It’s always good to have at least a plan and a rough outline. If you re read (after all you read it the first time, didn’t you!) the last email I sent you on how to tackle life changing projects, you’ll get a great idea of how to make a basic plan. Keep in mind the planning stage make take almost no time if its something you’ve thought about before and simply put off. Or it can take a fair amount of time if you are on vastly unfamiliar turf.
- Once that is out of the way you can begin the multi task as follows: Decide how much time and energy each task takes. Its always a good idea to have dissimilar things going on simultaneously. That applies to both quantity and quality. For instance, right now as I write this to you, I am multi-tasking. A few weeks ago, I tore/strained a hamstring by overdoing it. Now I do listen to my body but I did not get any warning. Things were going along great and then “pop” and ouch I pulled up from my sprint training lame. So, as I write this to you, I am sitting on a Far Infra-Red device, already completing the laser portion of the rehab. This rehab protocol takes 50 minutes. So, my choice was to multi task and do something else while I am sitting on this device and healing up. I chose to write to you, something I know I used to do a lot more and would like to do more of again!
- Notice in the above example the vast difference in quality and demand of my attention. Once I set the healing parameters into the device its fire and forget, or more accurately, sit and forget! The device needs only minimal input from me but lots of time. Thus, the far more complicated task of catching up with you is a great fit for the multi task,
- Similarly, I would NOT recommend tasks that are both high level. For instance, I would not try to do your taxes and learn a new language at the same time!
Now lots of people would not consider my example true multi-tasking because of the nature of one of the tasks. Frankly this is really the only effective way to multi task otherwise you will dilute your effort and do a poor or incomplete job at one of the tasks.
So, in summary, you can usually find a combination of mindless and mindful things that can be done simultaneously. The ultimate goal is to use your time efficiently instead of devoting time to one thing that does not need intense focus. With a little planning and creativity, you can literally double what you get done in a day.
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