How hard is it to do one thing at a time? My theory: It’s pretty hard. With cell phones and more to-dos than ever, it’s easy to multitask without realizing. Think about it: are you checking your bank account with one tab and writing an essay with another? Or baking cookies while texting a friend? Or (a deadly example) texting and driving?
Multitasking takes forms from harmless to deadly, but either way, it doesn’t help us. Concentration on one task at a time, for as long as we’ve committed to do it, might be the key to managing our time better.
For anyone who’s facing a full schedule, you might see no option except haphazardly handling ten things at a time. However, focusing on one task at a time helps you:
– complete it with quality
– understand what you are doing and how
– develop habits of concentration
– become a consistent and reliable worker.
Focus cuts down on forgetfulness, so you won’t have that what did I not do question hanging over your head all day. Here are some simple ways you can improve your focus.
- Turn off the phone. If you’re studying, journaling, reading, you don’t need to have your phone on! Putting it out of sight has been linked with an increase in focus.
- Write a to-do list. Know what you are going to do, your time commitments, and your priorities. That way when you finish one task, you’ll know what to do next.
- Don’t open too many tabs at once. This one…goes without saying. Still, we’re all guilty of it.
- Keep track of your schedule– including your break times, meal times, and scheduled commitments, so you know when to fit your “focus time” in.
- Choose the right environment. Please do not study, work, or attempt to focus in a place where you know there are distractions. If you must work with others, choose a task that is easier. Interruptions are one of the worst enemies to focus, especially if you have a hard time shooing people away. Also, working from bed is considered a problematic habit for physical and psychological health.
Do you have any tips for focused working? Until next time,