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October 5, 2021

Stop Multitasking to Make the Most of Your Work and Home Life

Sometimes you may feel like there are too many things that you need to do and you don’t have enough time to do it. This can lead to multitasking. It often seems more convenient to be able to do multiple things at once.

But sometimes multitasking is actually slowing you down rather than helping you get things done faster. An example of multitasking is taking a work call while you’re trying to drive.

It may sound easy, but your brain needs to be focused on driving for your safety instead of talking to your boss or co-workers. Having to focus on two things at once draws attention away from both tasks.

You won’t be able to focus on driving as well as you usually would if you weren’t talking on the phone, and you also won’t retain as much information from the call as you would if you gave it your undivided attention. 
 
Another more personal example is listening to your child or spouse tell you about their day. If you’re trying to work while talking to your family members, you won’t be engaged in the conversation as much as you would be if you weren’t multitasking.

They’ll notice that you’re not paying all of your attention to them, and that’s going to make them feel like they’re not as important to you as work is. If you stop multitasking, your personal life and work life will benefit from it.

If you focus on doing something for a project, you’ll be delivering your best work as opposed to subpar work that you did while focused on multiple other things at the same time.

If you focus on your family, you’ll be able to live in the moment and enjoy your time with them more. Trying to always multitask can seem like a good thing at first, but it will quickly become stressful and you won’t benefit from it at all.

You’ll start to become focused on way too many things at once and you’ll always be feeling frazzled and unorganized. If you decide to multitask often, you’re taking away from being the best you could be in both your work and home life.

Instead of multitasking, devote your time to something you need to get done and don’t focus on anything else until you’ve completed it. This will help you break your habit of multitasking and it will ensure that you’re giving your all to whatever you’re doing.

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Eric Cooper
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