Monday, October 24, 2011

Do It Once - and Do It Right

How many times in life have you sat down to do some work (study, read, complete a report, etc) and decided to do it while trying to do something else? What some would call multitasking?

A recent study at UCSF demonstrated a number of things about multitasking, one of which that the idea of multitasking might be a myth; you're actually just doing distracted work.

Or, to put it another way - you're not multitasking, you're just doing a crappy job on a bunch of things.

If you want to be an effective individual, stop trying to juggle multiple items at once; turn off the smartphone, close your door, and work far away from the television. Stop trying to take notes and text while you drive, and leave the computer at home when you go out to spend time with your family.

In our efforts to improve our efficiency, we're actually taking away from our quality.

Slow down, focus - and do things right the first time.


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