Monotasking Your Way To Productivity

Welcome to our Productivity Tip of the Day, where we summarize the best articles from across the web, and extract the key tips and tricks that will help your productivity.

TODAY’S ARTICLE
Read This Story Without Distraction
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/fashion/monotasking-drop-everything-and-read-this-story.html
by Verena von Pfetten

Key Takeaway: Despite the many known benefits of monotasking, our work environment often prevents us from focusing on one task at a time. Monotasking can boost your productivity, but it is a skill that needs regular practice.

Tips & Tricks:
What are the benefits of monotasking?

  1. It allows you to focus and make progress.
  2. It can help to make work more manageable and enjoyable.
  3. It can increase empathy and rapport. The ability to focus on discussions and interactions with others helps build your relationship with them, rather than allowing yourself to be continually distracted.

How do you get better at monotasking?

  1. Remove yourself from distractions. This can be as simple as working offline for a period of time during the day.
  2. Practice having conversations. Focus your attention on the person talking. Look at them, listen to them, and turn towards them.

Why is multitasking bad?

  1. Regularly switching tasks decreases your focus and increases your potential for errors.
  2. Your brain’s neural resources are depleted each time you switch tasks, leading to mental exhaustion.
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