Friday, 16 March 2012

Just do one thing at a time

I've already had a bash about this in a previous post, but now there'e confirmation of the wisdom of just focusing on one thing at a time from the Harvard Business Review blog,
Tell the truth: Do you answer email during conference calls (and sometimes even during calls with one other person)? Do you bring your laptop to meetings and then pretend you're taking notes while you surf the net? Do you eat lunch at your desk? Do you make calls while you're driving, and even send the occasional text, even though you know you shouldn't?
The biggest cost — assuming you don't crash — is to your productivity. In part, that's a simple consequence of splitting your attention, so that you're partially engaged in multiple activities but rarely fully engaged in any one. In part, it's because when you switch away from a primary task to do something else, you're increasing the time it takes to finish that task by an average of 25 per cent.

Read the whole thing here and thanks to the excellent Trevin Wax for the link.
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