As creatives, we often find ourselves multitasking. Most of the time, it feels as if it’s necessary to multitask so that we’ll be able to get everything done. But there is a growing amount of evidence that suggests multitasking can actually hinder your productivity.
Multitasking can make you work in a hurry, which can lead to more mistakes. When you’re trying to do several things at once, they will never be as good as if you gave each thing your undivided attention.
Monotasking is the opposite of multitasking. In monotasking, you focus on completing one task in a productive and efficient manner before moving on to the next task. It doesn’t mean that you need to finish an entire project before starting on the next one, though. When monotasking, it’s important to set checkpoints for your projects and focus on completing the project up until that checkpoint, then you move on to the next task on your list, focusing on that alone.
CreativeLive has some really good tips on how you can master the art of monotasking. One of the most important things you can do is set priorities.
“It’s hard to focus if you don’t have anything to focus on, so take some time to identify your top priorities before figuring out where to direct your attention. For example, tweeting and texting might be your top priorities when organizing a book launch event, but not so much when you’re writing the book itself.
It sounds simple, but it’s deceptive—often, our behaviors reflect far different priorities than the ones we’ve set internally. Try writing down your top five priorities, then devoting a certain amount of time to working on each one (without any other distractions). You might be shocked at how much you accomplish.”
See the other 2 tips at CreativeLive.