Multitasking or Prioritising, What is the Key to Success?

Aakriti

6th Apr'23
Multitasking or Prioritising, What is the Key to Success? | OpenGrowth

People think they have priorities in life and business. Each priority is a "first" in the plural. As a result, nothing becomes a priority if you treat every item as a priority, negating the true definition of the word.

Modern workplaces nowadays require so much more of their employees. Employers can recruit fewer employees with productivity tools. Unfortunately, the number of daily tasks does not decrease, forcing workers to put in longer and tougher hours.

In the modern workplace, many workers spend their time switching between tasks, each of which is of importance. This brings up the subject of multitasking, which many people claim to be capable of. Multitasking, or the capacity to perform at least two activities or tasks, becomes necessary in the workplace because everything must be prioritized.

 

Is multitasking a reality?

Yes, we can accomplish two things at once. For instance, you may answer an email while on the phone or watch TV while preparing dinner. So focusing on two things at once is impossible. What does a lack of prioritization lead to?

As you multitask, your brain must quickly switch from one task to another. If the human brain could switch between tasks without difficulty, this wouldn't be a concern. Each time you interrupt one job and transition to another when multitasking, you have to deal with the mental cost. Psychology uses switching costs to describe this mental expense.

Performance hiccups we encounter while shifting our focus from one task to another are called switching costs. Researchers found that individuals check email every five minutes, according to the International Journal of Information Management. It takes 64 seconds to return to their previous activity after doing so.

In other words, we regularly waste one out of every six minutes on email alone.

While we're at it, a 1965 IBM study describing the capabilities of their new computer is when the term "multitasking" originated.

That's ok, nobody could even claim to be competent at multitasking until the 1960s. Nowadays, the phrase is worn as a badge of honor, as though being active at several things is preferable to being excellent at only one.

 

Figure out your priority task 

 

priority task 

 

It is preferable to prioritize one activity over others whether you are working from home or in an office. You'll be able to focus on the task at hand and produce effective outcomes if you do this.

If you have a busy schedule for the day or week, you'll accomplish more if you prioritize your tasks. Decide which work is most crucial, and place it at the top of your list. Establish the resources, dependencies, and time required to execute the task (clarify things you need from your partner in the co-working arrangement to complete the task). You must decide if the task can be completed in one day or if you have other chores to perform during the day. Just remember that while you can put off other activities, your main task needs to be finished.

As opposed to multitasking, which enables you to begin any activity you have planned for the day or the week, choosing your priority chores according to importance is preferable. You may have noticed that multitasking is not very effective because it makes it difficult to focus on one task at a time.

Because prioritizing drives you to be organized and responsible, it helps you form better work habits. Your top priority is your anchor task for the day or the week. Even if things do not go as planned at work, you'll still know what needs to be done. This is because you've already determined what's most crucial and pressing.

 

Are you overwhelmed and busy?

 What does a lack of prioritization lead to? Why is it important to prioritize at work?

If you multitask, you'll be busy and overworked. Does this mean you are significant? Are you giving the business more now?

You could be overworked due to excessive multitasking. Even so, do you go far enough to make the business successful? Consider how many tasks you achieve in the day. If you aren't finishing anything, you should probably figure out which job is the most critical.

You'll be able to focus on it and complete it on time after you figure out how to do it. You won't waste time in the office. You'll feel less stressed. It is important for you to relax your brain to prepare for the crucial task that follows. You will work harder and more productively.

 

feeling overworked

 

Choose not to be busy

We as a culture have been bogged down in a cycle of busyness and overwork. We have erroneously believed that all of this activity is meaningful in many ways. Seeing how busy I am, that seems to be the underlying idea. I must be doing something significant if I'm putting in all this effort. "I must be significant because I'm so busy." 

Even while I genuinely believe that everyone is worthwhile and valuable, I think we're deluding ourselves if we assume that keeping ourselves busy gives our life a purpose.

In my opinion, finding purpose comes from making a positive difference in your little universe. And the more I examine those who can accomplish it, those who are experts in their field, the more I see that they all share a certain trait. The most valuable workers are willing to turn down distractions and concentrate on their one goal. I believe we should reject busyness and embrace a dedication to our craft.  What do you intend to learn? What priority guides your life or work? If you don't commit to anything, everything diverts your attention.

 

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