Every minute you spend trying to complete your tasks is as important as your life itself, are you managing it right? We all are aware of the fact that there are only so many hours in a day, so managing your time is truly critical to your output or volume of tasks completed in a day. You have two main choices. Either you work smarter or input more hours. More hours would mean stretching your time with work, so you have to learn how to work smarter and complete your work in less time, but earn more than when you input more hours. How’s that for a change? And, just how are you going to do this?
As a stay at home mom trying to blog and earn a passive income online, one thing that I have managed to carefully reduced across time are the distractions. When looking at what makes me productive and effective, so I can grow my blog in the long run, I reviewed about how output is being created and what I can do to increase my output in a day.
At this point in time, I realized time management and managing your to do list are very important factors to learn to live with, when you are aiming to increase productivity. In fact, successfully managing to be on top of your creative game, as a work from home mom who is trying to efficiently complete your tasks on time for the day, can get you more customer referrals with less effort.
Work smarter and be productive. Kick off the bad habits that interfere with your work from home productivity, and replace them with good habits that can make you proactive. If you don’t like the way your usual work day goes, then review what you have done and how you did it, and then change it.
The solution is pretty simple. Replace the bad habits and reactive patterns with good habits. It is true that making the most of your time, even if there are only so many hours in a day, is critical to increasing productivity. Start tracking and limiting how much time you spend on each task.
One trick is to give yourself a deadline. Stick to your self-imposed schedule, and discover just how focused you can be when you watch the clock. One major habit that may help you focus is to quit multitasking!
Multitasking and its consequences
While most people think that multitasking is a way to increase efficiency, they might be wrong! In fact, the opposite may just happen. A person trying to do several tasks at the same time can result in lost time, inefficiency, and a decreased productivity.
Multitasking kills your brain, because your brain wasn’t built to multitask. It was designed by nature to focus on one thing at a time. Bombarding it with information and making it manage several tasks at a time, only slows it down.
Every time you think you are efficiently switching from one task to the other, it actually gives you a cognitive cost. Doing many tasks at once actually makes it more difficult for you to keep organized. On the other hand, it makes you not effective anymore in filtering out irrelevant information.
A study conducted with subjects who multitasked revealed that these people experienced significant IQ drops, while they are doing it. Unfortunately, the IQ drops were described to be similar when you skip a night of sleep or when you smoke marijuana.
It has also been found to increase the production of the stress hormone cortisol, which can easily tire you out and leave you feeling mentally exhausted, even if your day has barely begun. Don’t you know that men who multitasked can turn into its worst cognitive equivalent of an 8 year old? A new study suggests the possibility of this cognitive damage associated with multitasking can be permanent. Ouch!
Multitasking is not a skill to add to the resume, but for sure it is a bad habit you need to stop immediately. Stop all other things you want to do, and put your mind to focus on doing only one task at a time.
Just how do you multitask? You text while you walk, send emails during meetings, chat on the phone while cooking, and browse Facebook, while working. What you call multitasking can actually be swift task switching, wherein moving back and forth between several tasks actually wastes productivity.
Experts reveal that this switching task behavior can actually make you lose at least 40% in productivity, and also increase the number of mistakes you make. You can read a book and watch television, one way or the other, you are going to miss important details of one or both!
One study revealed that people ages 60 to 80 even have a hard time remembering details and disengaging on the second image, when made to switch images. As the brain ages, it may have a difficult time getting back on track after even a brief detour.
Multitasking requires a lot of working memory, and when it is all used up, it can take away your ability to think creatively. With so much going on in your head, you will certainly fail to daydream and generate an aha moment.
The neuroscience is clear. Humans are wired to be mono-taskers. It impairs the ability of any person to function at its finest! There is time enough for everything in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at once.
Have you ever felt that you get less done when you multitask? Well, you are not imagining things. You are actually hurting your brain when you are juggling several tasks at once. As a result, your efficiency plummets, and so does the quality of your work.
Some jobs can and have to be run in parallel, but one person should not be doing more than one thing literally at once, or quality will suffer immensely. Rapid task switching, which may sound like multitasking, is common. Focus on one task at a time as much as possible for best results.
Minimizing interruptions may mean setting office hours, keeping your door closed, or working from home for time sensitive projects. Take a step back and think about ways you can work smarter, not harder.
One is to turn off notifications in your email, voicemail, or text during work hours. Set aside time for responding to emails and text messages. Don’t let these distractions determine what your day is going to look like and how you are going to run your day.
Write a to do list each day, so you can get started on the most important tasks as soon as you are ready to start working. Turn off the TV and don’t watch any YouTube while you work on your task.
To be productive, you have to learn how to pick the most important task of the day. Shut down the noise and turn off even your phone notifications. Productivity requires total focus.