Let's set the stage a bit:
It’s the start of the week, and you have a list a mile long full of tasks that need to be done.
You take a sip of your coffee (or in my case, tea) and wonder how you are going to get it all done.
Perhaps you start checking email, only to realize you need to make a phone call before you head to your first meeting – either virtual or in person.
After finishing the call, you realize you need to update a few notes to be ready for the meeting, but you still have to get this one email sent before you leave, so you switch gears again and finish the email.
Then with only a few minutes to spare, you scribble some thoughts on a sheet of paper and race to your meeting.
As the morning progresses and you are in another meeting, you realize there are some emails you want to check, so you decide that you can listen to the meeting and respond to a few emails, too.
Does this sound at all like something you’ve experienced?
If so, you probably thought you were multi-tasking, and doing it well.
We seem to think that multi-tasking is a good thing because we believe it shows how we can manage multiple activities.
In fact, we have probably been rewarded for multi-tasking and even viewed it as a badge of honor because we thought we were showing more capacity for work.
Yet how well were those activities done?
How efficiently were they completed?
The real key to managing multiple activities is more about how you focus your attention during the activity at hand than it is about jumping from activity to activity.
Let me explain.
At first blush, it may seem less expedient or even counter-productive to focus on one activity at a time; however, when everything seems to be getting your attention, nothing really is.
When your attention, time and energy are split among various tasks, the tasks take longer to complete and you feel rushed and disorganized.
Your best effort means you are efficient, productive, and fully engaged.
That takes practice, but using these 3 tips can help you make that shift.
When you remove distractions and make a concerted effort to finish one task at a time, you're less stressed and more productive because you're also clearer on your priorities and making them happen.
Your vision, your idea, your course, your book, your service is important to be shared, and YOU have to own your role as a LEADER, let your light shine and share it.
And that can feel exciting, daunting, scary and rewarding all at once.
But if you know in your heart there's more you have to offer and you're ready to stop holding yourself back, then take the first step and start Leveraging Your Full Potential.
You're worth immediate action.
Showing up as the confident business leader you're meant to be is a transformation that starts on the inside, and the first step is shifting your mindset. Enroll in the free Leverage Your Potential mini course and start recognizing the leader within you today as well as receive weekly tips and encouragement to keep you going.