Me Time: How to Stop Multitasking
Think you’re being pretty efficient when you multitask? Think again. Drivers chatting on cell phones, for instance, take longer to reach their destinations, a recent University of Utah study says.
Strive to give each task your full attention. Dr. Hallowell tells of a lawyer who negotiated an amazing deal. Later, the adversaries couldn’t believe they’d agreed to such terms. The savvy lawyer’s secret? He focused on the deal only, while the other team checked their PDAs.
You can achieve this type of focus if you go lineardo one thing at a time, moving from one task to the next. Try it: Instead of talking on the phone while answering emails and helping your child do homework, go linear; it won’t take longer and you’ll be sharper.