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Beware of Multi-Tasking

multi-taskingA pamphlet titled, “Ten Strategies for Better Time Management” caught my eye earlier this week.  The opening paragraph intrigued me:  “The term “time management” is a misnomer. You cannot manage time; you manage the events in your life in relation to time.”  Truthfully, I’d never thought of it quite like that before.

The pamphlet went on to state the benefits of managing life well in relation to time.  In fact, researchers have identified that people who manage life well in relation to time often discover that they are more productive, more energized, less stressed, able to do more of the things they want or need to do, more positive in the ways the relate to other people, and overall feel better about themselves.  Wow!  What a great list of benefits! 

So now I was hooked and continued reading the pamphlet to learn more about the ten strategies.

Strategy number nine was, “avoid multi-tasking.”  Hmmm, I thought to myself.  There are lots of people who actually pride themselves on their ability to multi-task.  What’s up with that, I wondered.

I read, “Recent psychological studies have shown that multi-tasking does not actually save time. In fact, the opposite is often true.”  This is because when we switch from one task to another, we lose time, and that results in a loss of productivity.  In addition to that, if we routinely multi-task, it may lead to us having difficulty in concentrating and maintaining focus when needed.  That was very interesting, and perhaps something to be considered for children as well as adults.

“Stop procrastinating” and “manage external time wasters” were also cited as strategies, along with practical suggestions on how to implement them successfully, and seven other strategies.  For more information, request a copy of the pamphlet from your county extension office, or access it online at http://extension.uga.edu/publications/files/pdf/C%201042_1.PDF.

As always, please give me a call if you or your friends, family, co-workers or employees have a topic you would like to learn more about through a presentation, lesson, program, activity or workshop.  NDSU Extension has a lot to offer, and we are here to serve you!

Source:  University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, “Ten Strategies for Better Time Management,” http://extension.uga.edu/publications/files/pdf/C%201042_1.PDF


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