Mono or Multitasking?Created by:
Monotasking (the opposite of multitasking that requires us to focus solely on one task at a time without interruptions) has become a very popular trend. But, I’m not supportive of the fact that it is the only way to to do work effectively and efficiently. On the other hand, multitasking forces us to split our efforts in order to get more done in a shorter period of time. Monotasking can actually make your work feel more enjoyable. Almost any experience is improved by paying full attention to it.
Each of us wants to be effective at our work, but we also have long to-do lists, so we need to be efficient to get it all done. What I’ve found is that we need a healthy mixture of effective focused work mixed with efficient tasks to maximize our productivity. Reflecting back on those days, I see that I was more efficient than I was effective. This was because those multitasking practices forced me to give 1/2 of my attention to each task. Giving them both a sub-par effort, but getting a lot checked off my to-do list at the end of the day.
The bottom line is everyone works differently. I’ve found that the more I attempt to do, the less effective I will be at it. So if you’re in need of great work, eliminate distractions and get focused. If you have a mundane task like listening to a conference call, just do it. But take a walk or clean your table so you’re not just sitting and staring blankly.
What do you do mono or multitasking?