Strategies to Parse Multitasking

You start hassled with many tasks? Doing double duty needs tricks to resolve properly.

A study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology noted, when the students were asked to move from one task to the other, parts of the brain responsible to prioritize the work and perform the high-order thinking suddenly stopped working then rested for a moment. Frontal lobe suddenly became blank, awaiting new instructions uploaded.

If multitasking can't be avoided, try to do the job with the following tricks:

1. Prioritize which programs are the most important. Continue with less important programs.

2. Discuss with your boss the priority lists to receive an input.

3. Determine the duration of each program that will be run.

Do the same for the activities at home for programs involving children, spouse, community, etc. Discuss and agree. For example, Saturday morning is for sports and community service; Sunday is entirely for the family. Likewise is the daily schedule. If agreed, run with full commitment.

Meanwhile, a business consultant, Barbara Bartlein, gave advices related multitasking:

1. Estimate the duration of the completion of the work as accurate as possible then prioritize the work completed in a day. Complete in the appropriate time then move to another job.

2. Don't stuff all ideas, thoughts, task lists, and plans in your head. Scattered memory difficultly makes the brain creative and productive. Make a mobile technology as an external memory which records all of your non-physical activities.

3. Categorize your work. Set when reading and replying an email, which coordinating or scheduling work, and so on. Determine the time to do it. Do it regularly.

4. Get rid of distractions that could impair a concentration, for example, the phone always ringing, cluttered workbench, or co-workers often pacing. Sterilize your workspace. Stay there until the job is finished.

If already adept, you've managed to build a good foundation to activate your transmitting power.

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