Are You an Effective Multitasker?
May 18, 2016
Some people swear by the efficiency of multitasking. These multitaskers are certain that they get more done by working on several jobs simultaneously. You don’t have to look far to see this in action. Everywhere people are driving, shopping, responding to texts, eating, checking social media, talking on the phone – all at the same time.
But some recent findings suggest that not only is multitasking inefficient, it’s counterproductive. Whatever theory you ascribe to, humans seem “wired” to try to accomplish multiple tasks. Take this self-quiz to see how your multitasking skills rate.
- At the end of the day, my “to do” list is smaller than when my day began.
- When completing multiple tasks simultaneously, I don’t combine tasks that require similar levels of concentration. For instance, I don’t try to listen, read or talk at the same time.
- When completing multiple tasks simultaneously, I choose one task that requires focused attention and one that is “mindless.” For example, while listening to a teleconference I stuff envelopes.
- While I’m in the process of completing more than one task, interruptions don’t throw me off track.
- I rarely (if ever) feel as though I don’t know what I accomplished at the end of a busy day.
- Rather than feeling overwhelmed, focusing on multiple tasks gives me a sense of accomplishment.
- I recognize my limits and know when to say “no” to accepting more tasks until I’ve sufficiently dealt with what’s at hand.
- My colleagues never complain that I’m “going off in all directions,” rather, they often ask how I successfully manage juggling multiple responsibilities at once.
- I have the right equipment, work environment and supports that allow me to multitask.
- I have agreement and support from staff, colleagues, family, partners and peers to respect my focused work time.
- When unexpected tasks or distractions come my way, I don’t feel overwhelmed—I prioritize and deal with them easily.
If you answered false more often than true, you may want to enlist the help of an effective multitasker to bring more efficiency and free time into your life. If you need some coaching on organization and workplace efficiency, contact Powers Resource Center at https://www.powersresourcecenter.com/contact/