Multitasking vs Unitasking

Is multitasking doing you more harm than good?

With the uber-busy, high-speed lives we lead these days, multitasking isn’t simply the norm, it’s the rule.

Most of us feel that racing through life at warp speed and doing numerous things at the same time is an important skill to master, but is there a more productive alternative?

Arianna Huffington, founder of Thrive Global and New York Times best-selling author of The Sleep Revolution, says that multitasking is the downfall of modern society. Instead she recommends to do the easiest things first, the things that feel pleasurable to do, because you will accomplish these tasks with ease and efficiency, and without much effort. 

One alternative is uni-tasking where instead of doing three things at once you do just one! This allows time to concentrate solely on this one task and provide enough time and attention that is necessary to do the job properly and be less susceptible to errors.

For many of us this is not in our nature so we’ve put together some tips and tricks to get started.

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  1. Prioritise

    Figure out what the top three things you need to get done today are, both professionally and personally and focus solely on these. Schedule time on your calendar and devote your attention to that specific task. 

  2. Set boundaries and disconnect

    Establish clear boundaries and stick to them. For example, once a week for a few hours, turn off your phone and all other electronics. Stop texting, checking Instagram and any other social media or apps you regular look at.

  3. Get present and mix it up

    Take a look at how you are actually spending your time. Invest time in yourself and what you enjoy – your family, your friends, your hobbies, your passions – and not in your to-do list.

Take a look at how you are actually spending your time. Invest time in yourself and what you enjoy – your family, your friends, your hobbies, your passions – and not in your to-do list.