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Research has shown that people who multitask are actually less productive/efficient than those who concentrate on just one project a time. A recent Harvard Business Review post says that multitasking leads to as much as a 40% drop in productivity, increased stress, and a 10% drop in IQ. This indicates that even though we think we’re “multitasking,” we really aren’t. Our brain is actually switching from one task to another, rather than processing the tasks simultaneously. People who seem to be good at multitasking are simply faster at switching back and forth between two tasks.

A key to personal fulfillment, job satisfaction, productivity and your own physical well-being and peace of mind is developing self-awareness and making healthy choices:

1 • Slow down.
When you focus on one task at a time, you’ll have greater success completing the task and will make fewer mistakes. This prevents you from having to redo things again and again.

2 • Stop multitasking.
What you are really doing is task-switching. Attempting to multitask is inefficient, exhausting and can even be dangerous.

3 • Set your priorities.
Write down your top priorities at the start of each day. Allow for flexibility as your priorities shift throughout the day.

4 • Set boundaries. Learn to say ‘no' with kindness.
Setting appropriate boundaries with others is important. It is necessary in all areas of your life, from time you spend online to your relationships at home and at work.

5 • Check email at set times.
When working on projects, train yourself to check email periodically, such as at the beginning of the day, just before lunch, then mid-afternoon, and at the end of the day. When you can, turn off your auto-notify function.

6 • Set reasonable standards.
Expectations for perfection can undermine workplace relationships, and both are detrimental to productivity and job satisfaction.

7 • Note how you feel stress in your body.
Develop awareness of where you hold stress (ie, tight shoulders, locked jaw.) Identify stressful situations and write them down for later reflection. The more self-aware you become, the more in control you will be.

8 • Learn and practice mindfulness.
With practice, mindfulness can be an effective tool to “ground” you. Recognize your stress triggers. Staying in the moment, focus on your breath and repeat a calming phrase to yourself until you feel a shift in your emotions. Now you can respond mindfully, instead of reactively.

9 • Exercise.
Physical activity can improve your focus and your productivity. Take a brisk mid-day walk to get some fresh air and a new perspective.

10 • Get enough rest.
Going to bed an hour later does not give you another hour in your day. You pay for it with muddled thinking the next day.

Source: WorkplaceSolutions

1/26/2013 6:27:13 PM
Guess what it only works on YouTube,How about videos in your phone?I found a semi auto way it seems like apple is all out to get us on this one, it stops the video at every turn.You can run 1 music video in the bauorgkcnd without multitasking though. At least it's in the bauorgkcnd, so u can enjoy 3 minutes of bliss with ur phone in the pocket. Not sure why apple took it out for 4.3 and after Here's how to do it 1 Run ur video2 double click home to bring up panel (pauses video)3 swipe panel to show media control4 play video via those controls5 press lock button to turn off iPhone screenVoila plays 1 mv in the bauorgkcnd. Eat that apple.
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