Why Multi-tasking Won't Save Time
In this life hack series, I’ll be tackling the age-old problem of only having 24 hours in a day. Our time to accomplish our goals each day is seriously limited, yet somehow, certain people seem to squeeze more into a day than others... well my friends - I am here to spill a few secrets.
Similar to the concept in number one, multi-tasking is a major time-suck. I have no idea why it seems to pop up as a desired trait on job descriptions, or why people proudly say they are great multi-taskers, because when you multi-task you are not fully present in either task or objective, and you are not able to create your best work. I know when you have a million things going on at once, it's so hard to sit and focus on completing one task. Luckily, I've found a sneaky work-around that helps you stay focused and get this stuff done!
Most of us underestimate, or overestimate, the amount of time it takes to get something done. So if we think it will take a long time we put it off until we can "fully focus", but if we underestimate we put it off because we think we can get it done quickly.
Enter the Pomedoro Method.
The Pomodoro Method originated as a technique used to break your work up into focused time blocks of 25 minutes (this time period is called a Pomodoro, the Italian name for a tomato shaped kitchen timer!). After the timer goes off, take a 5-minute break to check your phone or do whatever else was nagging at you during that time. After four consecutive working Pomodoros, you take a longer break, around 15 or 20 minutes.
I like to take this idea even further and write out my different tasks, estimate how much time it will take to complete them, and then, using this Pomodoro App Be Focused, I keep track of how many pomodoros it actually took to complete the task. Over time, I can better estimate and manage my time, and see where I've improved efficiencies in certain tasks.
Passive multi-tasking can be seen as doing something simultaneously while holding your full attention to the task at hand. For example - I'm doing a light therapy/face mask while I'm writing this blog post. The face mask doesn't involve any attention so I can focus fully on the blog post, while I'm conditioning and nourishing my skin.
You can also passively multi-task by listening to podcasts while you're cleaning or at the gym. You are focusing on your task and still passively learning.
This is one of my favorite hacks of all time, and I constantly figure out ways to passively multi-task for optimal efficiency!
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