Multitasking is a myth. For a better performance, it’s best to focus on one thing at a time, reduce distractions, and take time to rest.
Unsurprisingly, multitasking doesn’t work for anyone. Actually, multitasking is a myth. Best case scenario, research shows that your mind can only quickly switch between tasks. Rather than trying to do two things at once, find ways to stay focused on the task at hand. Many people find it difficult to focus, but this is a skill that you can develop.
Some cut down on distractions. Turn off the TV, put down the phone and log out of their email account. Still not convinced that this will help you? Eliminate non-essential screen time for two days and see how much more you can do.
Plan sessions of activity and resting hours. Are you an early morning person? Don’t waste that time on your email. Instead, use it to tackle projects that require your full concentration. Set aside the afternoon to check your inbox or catch up on file management.
Get it out of your head
Too many mental notes make your mind messy. All those unfinished business can drain your mental energy. Write what you have on your mind on paper or record it digitally. Think of it as external storage.
Train your brain
Any worthwhile skill takes practice. Learning to focus is no different. Spend time mastering mindfulness training, integrated mindfulness, or other types of meditation. These are great ways to practice controlling distractions and improving focus.
By improving your concentration, not only will you be able to do more, but you will also enjoy greater fluidity, when you are so absorbed in an activity that nothing else seems to matter. Fluency can create a feeling of fulfillment, commitment, and even satisfaction.