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How Do You Expect To Do Any One Thing Well, When You’re Trying To Do Many Things At The Same Time?

I’m going to go short and to the point here…

Multi-tasking is a myth…period. Get over it.

Quit trying to do so many things, that you never complete one thing in a focused period of time.

With your mind split into so many “pieces”, how on earth can you expect to do any one thing well?

How can you expect to increase your productivity by doing so many things…that your time frame to accomplish those tasks multiplies itself by the number of tasks you’re trying to accomplish?

Here’s the easiest way I can think of to illustrate:

If you have project A, B, and C…each of which takes 3 units of time to complete…and you have 9 units of time to complete all of these tasks…

The multi-tasker:

1 2 3  4 5 6  7 8 9

A B C  A B C  A B C

Notice when you’re multi-tasking…it takes 7 units of time to complete A…8 units to complete B…and all 9 units of time to complete C.  If you depended on any revenue from these activities…you would have to wait a minimum of 7 units of time to start to generate revenue.

Focusing on one project at a time:

1 2 3  4 5 6  7 8 9

A A A B B B C C C

Project A starts generating revenue at 3 units of time…B starts generating revenue at 6 units…and most importantly ALL THREE projects are generating revenue (including C) by unit 9 of time.

But the key difference is project A has already had 4 more units of time TO generate revenue using a focused effort rather than multi-tasking (it was completed at unit 7 above).

Project B has two more units of time to generate revenue than the multi-tasking method above.

C remains the same.

So, if you find yourself multi-tasking…trying to start multiple projects at once, even something as minimal as Skyping at the same time as writing a blog post…stop it.

Start to change your habit.

Catch yourself doing this, and pick the most important project and focus on those every day.

In fact, get up 1 hour earlier in the morning, and focus uninterrupted time (key idea there) on accomplishing one task that if completed, you would consider the whole day successful.

Then move to focusing on one task at a time, but accomplishing the two tasks that would help your day to be successful.

What you’ll eventually find, is you shift towards accomplishing the most important things, and you’ll also begin to realize just how unimportant all that “other” stuff really is to your business (you can even outsource that stuff so you can focus on more high-level stuff).