Last year I came across this term mono-tasking while researching on how to be more productive. I tried few simple steps to help my productivity and ease my anxiety caused due to all the multitasking. First, let me tell you the difference between both the terms so that you can understand them better.
Mono-tasking is focusing on one single thing at a time, whereas multitasking is focusing on multiple things at the same time. Basically, both the terms are contradictory to each other. While we all know what multitasking is many are confused about how to adapt monotasking. After a lot of trial and error, I prefer Mono tasking over multi-tasking as I am more productive while I focus on one single task at a particular time but there are people out there who are multitasking ninjas. So no method is right or wrong, you choose whatever fits in for you and leave behind what misfit.
Here are a few simple steps you can involve in your daily lives –
- Planner/Bullet Journal – Always keep a planner/journal, a physical one. A simple diary will also work for you just as a well-designed planner. Jot down everything that comes to your head so that you can consider working on it later. Example – I am writing a blog post and a word comes to my mind, it is very easy to open that next tab and enter the world of endless possibilities. But then think about it, that’s how we end up wasting 99% of our time on the Internet. Writing our thoughts down and then making time for it later is a wise option.
- Priority – I write all the tasks that need to be done for the month and then I divide them into weeks and then days. This way I know what my priorities are for the day and I m not juggling to find what is done or what needs to be done.
- Time blocking – The essence of mono-tasking is doing one thing at a time. So I use time blocking while planning my day. Time blocking basically is giving particular time for a particular task and to stop as soon as the time is up. Example – 7:00AM – 7:30AM Yoga, 7:30AM-9:00AM Reading blogs, 9:00AM to 9:15AM Tea break, 9:15AM-9:30AM Water plants and soak in sun.
- Eat the frog – No not a real one, by frog I mean a task that is equally difficult like catching the frog first and then eating it live. The most difficult task of the day should be gulped down first. Also, the tasks that you don’t like should be done first so that you can look forward to the rest of the day
- Emails and social media – Usually, these are the first things that we look forward to in the morning. Swap them with the faces of your loved ones or nature. It feels great to be connected to your loved ones and nature. Switch off your mobile phone if you feel that you will end up surfing instead of sleeping. Keep a dedicated time to read your emails. There was a time I completely ignored my emails as I was way too overwhelmed by the number of stupid emails I received daily. Thanks to Gmail that now those promotion and social emails come in different tabs. Also, another concern was Facebook so I uninstalled it because my nights are spent like an owl with it.
PS – According to the American Psychological Association, shifting between tasks can reduce productivity by 40%.
Do let me know if you have any suggestions or queries in the comments below!