Multitasking is all the rage, but maybe it's not the best tactic. SEConsultingInc shares her advice on the topic. Fight the Urge to Multitask (You'll Thank Me Later) comes from the Stiletto Power blog at OnSugar.
I have found that in all of the companies that I have worked for, the ability to multitask is a highly desirable trait. I can remember bragging about my ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously and complete all of them within the allotted timeframe. But what I have found as I have have matriculated through my career is that multitasking is an inefficient method for completing tasks and really doesn't yield your best work. The primary reason is that you consistently have to switch gears and trains of thought which increases the likelihood of errors and decreases focus and attention. So to help my fellow Ladypreneurs out, I have listed a few tips to work as simple as possible and not get swept up in the whirlwind of multitasking.
1. Plan your day — First thing each morning plan your day in blocks. Devote the first few hours of the day to handling the most important tasks of the day. For Ladypreneurs that are intent on increasing your book of business those tasks will be sales/prospecting to new clients. After those first few hours are out of the way, dedicate at least an hour to responding to emails and telephone calls and reviewing incoming documents. This should be completed prior to lunchtime or midday. After lunch, your time should be focused on service calls, letters, or emails to current or past clients to determine satisfaction levels or need for additional services. After which, dedicate another hour or so to returning emails and telephone calls and document review again.