Today’s productivity tip, courtesy of AYOP: stop multitasking.
Ugh. I love multitasking. I draft speeches while I’m running. I drink smoothies while I’m showering. (I also once answered the phone while showering, which turned out to be expensive.) I tweet while holding my godson. I watch The Good Wife while washing up.
I watch The Good Wife while ironing.
I watch The Good Wife while cooking.
I watch The Good Wife while on the phone to my mother.
Actually, I do lots of things while I’m on the phone – probably because I spend most of my life on the phone and I like having something to do with my hands.
In short, me quitting multitasking is like [someone topical] quitting [some thing that they do a lot, although for greater comic effect it should not be the thing that they are primarily meant to do].
So what advice does A Year of Productivity have for me? You can read the full article here, but this is how I see the highlights:
– if you can do it without hands, you can do it while washing up
– you can do pretty much anything while listening to music
– but switch off all the social media alerts that distract you
– keep meditating (ack) to help you learn to focus
– and remember that your brain really can only do one thing at once.
In other words: