Multitasking with Love & Cleverness
Focusing on more than one thing decreases your productivity by 40% and lowers your IQ by 10 points.
Harvard Business Review.
Seems rather one size fits all to me! If you enjoy mental juggling then it’s part of you and you should embrace it.
Just make sure you are taking others with you.
This week is a great example of full on forced multi-tasking for me: Sydney flight Thursday night, UK Manchester workshop Thursday morning, three big quotes to write, back to back phone calls, packing, exhibitions to book, team 1:1’s, Client calls and meets. It’s busy! Whether you like multi-tasking or not, it is now often a way of life, and the greatest challenge? That our busyness creates a persona of stress – pushing others away. We become unapproachable.
At Courageous Success we teach people to maximise their energy space. If your consciousness is full (scientists estimate that we have between 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day and according to research from the University of Southern California, we are bombarded with the equivalent of 174 newspapers of information per day), then you can’t possibly focus on the people around you. And the people around you are generally hugely affected by you. If you had to write down everything that you’re currently thinking about and feel you need to focus on, you’d probably come up with a long list of at least 30+ things.
Where is the space for others?
Is self-awareness one of them?
For most it’s not!
We get into the zone with focused direction and our foot to the floor with multi-tasking, to get through everything that needs to be done.
So, how can we maximise our IQ
and our impact on others whilst being so busy?
Here are some Courageous Success tips to nail positive persona under pressure;
- Perspective – what are you seeing and feeling vs. the reality. Most of us exaggerate and dramatise as a result. Do you need to spin 100 plates or juggle a few key projects?
- How annoying are you being? Ouch! Are you coming across transactionally or with realness? Are you even aware? Check in with yourself. What would it be like working with you?
- Take back control. We don’t want to become rampant control freaks, but it does help to know and feel that you are in control of it all. Do what you need to do naturally to manage your workload. Some of us are planning and list makers, others of us prefer creative pictures of projects or piles of paper. Be yourself, use your natural strengths to visualise the tasks.
- Focus: as you multi-task, do each task justice. Zone in on that one thing, move everything else out of view and manage distractions. If interrupted, it’s ok to ask others to hang fire whilst you collect your thoughts or make a note of where you are at, so that you can quickly zone back in later.
- Belief that you can get a great job done goes miles to supporting clear consciousness.
It’s often said that stress is 10% what happens and 90% our thoughts or reactions to it. When we become stressed our mental abilities of focus, concentration and remembering decline due to the release of cortisol in the brain. Choose to be positive and maximise your inner coherence.
Be conscious of your impact on others and step into a mode of self-management.