If you are a natural “multitasker” or one who is forced into multitasking, here are several things that might make multitasking work for you.
1. Make a list of the things you need to accomplish in a given time frame.
Yes, many of us make lists, but what to do with it? Try dividing or grouping the tasks you need to get done into groups or categories. Some of your groups might be: the day job, family, friends, writing, housework. Many stop after this step and the list might seem overwhelming. If you stop here, you might get a few or none of the tasks completed.
2. Take the list and prioritize the tasks in each category.
What are the essential items that MUST get done in your time frame? What can wait until later? Assign each item in each category a number or letter or whatever you decide to use to prioritize these.
3. Create a master prioritized list.
Take the highest priority tasks from each group and start a new list, prioritizing each item as you go. From the highest priority tasks in each group, which is the most important? The next? Once you finish the highest tasks go to the next items in each group, until you’re done all the tasks in every group.
4. Mark each item off as it is completed.
Yes! This is essential. Making off tasks after they are done gives you a sense of accomplishment.
Remember: Your list should be realistic and flexible. Like plans, lists can be modified as needed.
This method works for me. It might not work for you, but it might make you think about how you can be more effective and have the time to accomplish your goals.
TODAY’S QUESTION: What do you do to keep on track when multitasking?