Monotask to combat procrastination — Nr. 114
Issue 114: Multitasking drop your productivity by 40%
A study from Stanford found that the more people multitask, the worse their performance is. Sometimes I fall into this multitasking trap, doing lots of busy work but not making meaningful progress.
The bottom line is that multitasking drops your productivity by 40%.
This is why the concept of monotasking is powerful.
You focus on one thing at a time.
These days, I only have two important tasks per day. I block out 3-4 hours and monotask in the morning. It's a simple yet powerful concept to apply. The trick for me is to put a Pomodoro timer, chill pop music, and put my phone away.
Takeaway for you:
01 - Decide your MIT. Have 1-2 Most Important Tasks (MIT) per day. Focus on it during your deep work. Try this: Plan your MIT for Monday. You might feel counterintuitive in the beginning. But by going deep into one task, you can make more progress than juggling multiple tasks.
02 - Block 1-2 hours in your calendar for deep work. Don't let anyone disrupt you. I understand that working full-time can be difficult because of meetings. But do your best to protect your time.
03 - Define mini steps to get things done. Usually, our to-do is too daunting because we write something like “Write strategy.” Maybe you can create a mini checklist: review the team’s feedback, clarify the target audience, and so on…
04 - Try a Pomodoro. My favorite cycle is 30 minutes focus and 5 minutes break intervals. With Pomodoro, you have more awareness of time. The best and simplest tool I use to avoid procrastination.
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One quote to ponder
“You’ve got to think about the big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.” — Alvin Toffler
Enjoy your weekend!
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