Multitasking should help you be more productive, not less. To achieve the former, Wise Bread encourages using a technique where you layer tasks by the amount of attention required – matching low-level tasks like straightening your desk with higher-level tasks such as talking on a conference call.
Here are tips to get started:
1. Make a List – Prioritize the most important tasks on your list that need to be accomplished.
2. Look for Layered Tasks to Pair – Find an activity that can be paired with a higher level item on your list. For example, if you need to contact a business, and you know you’ll be on hold for 20 minutes, use that hold time to address a few emails.
3. Turn Off Other Distractions – That means you need to put your phone on silent. Exit out of Twitter, Facebook, and email.
4. Set a Timer – When you are working on tasks, set a timer to check your progress. Check where you are when it goes off. Are you distracted? Using a timer will keep you focused on your tasks and keep your productivity level high.
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