As women, we do a lot! We often have to jungle the kids, cooking, cleaning, talking on the phone and doing the laundry, all at the same time. I have mastered the art of multitasking! I am all about time management! On Saturday mornings, I soak my dishes in the sink, sort the dirty clothes, start the laundry, wash the dishes while the load is washing, talk to my mom or BFF on the phone and have the breakfast cooking on the stove. Oh and I have the bathrooms prepped with Ajax and cleanser so that the bathrooms will be ready to be cleaned when the time comes. This may sound like a lot but it makes me happy to get it all done in a reasonable amount of time. If my honey’s home he’ll help me out but often he works on Saturdays.
I believe that women are better multitaskers than men. As women, we have to move fast and be productive at home with our time because we have lots to do. Thank God for supportive husbands but we still need our multitasking skills! I don’t think men’s brains allow them to do more than 1-2 things at a time. Women do the dishes and clean the kitchen while they cook, men often times don’t clean while they cook. A woman could fold clothes, play with her baby, watch TV and talk on the phone at the same time, many husbands couldn’t do that. Women move fast around the house when company’s on their way, men spend time deep cleaning one room! Often times men need to focus and get things done one at a time. There’s nothing wrong with that, I’m just pointing out the differences.
All the articles that I read on multitasking spoke about the importance of slowing down and doing each task effectively one at a time. These tips can help with work at home or the office. Women, let’s utilize are husbands and other support in our lives more often so that we aren’t burnt out and overwhelmed. Just because we can do everything doesn’t mean we should.
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Multitasking the Right Way
Tips for juggling multiple tasks effectively
Find your balance.
Switching your attention rapidly among projects and people, when done wisely, is stimulating. It adds variety to your day and can help keep you engaged and even increase productivity. However, when the juggling gets out of hand, multitasking can trigger obsessive extremes that become overwhelming and make you inefficient. Strike a balance and find your own comfort zone regarding your duties and obligations. Use your strengths, but also know your limits.
Know when it’s appropriate.
It’s vital to recognize when a certain task requires your undivided attention. When your full attention should be on a single urgent or important task, multitasking is not appropriate and will likely affect the quality of your work on the urgent task. Save multitasking for non-urgent tasks.
Organize in advance.
Being organized is essential to effective multitasking. Before leaving work at the end of the day, list all the tasks to be accomplished the next day so you can hit the ground running in the morning. Prioritize your list and check off each task as you complete it.
Manage your time.
Use a desk organizer to keep track of appointments and deadlines. Make use of a speaker phone or headset to free your hands to do other things while you talk. Stop multitasking and concentrate on a single task for at least 20 minutes throughout the day to allow time to re-energize. Don’t automatically shift your attention to the most recent ‘nanotask’ that crosses your desk.
Disruptions are inevitable throughout the day, but don’t let cell phones or pagers waste your time. Bundle non-urgent tasks, such as checking e-mails or returning phone calls, and do them at certain times of the day. When you’re in a meeting, unplug to avoid distractions.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking “I can do it quicker and better.” Learn to delegate, giving specific instructions and setting realistic deadlines. No matter how proficient you are at multitasking, anyone can be a victim of burnout, and it’s also easier to make mistakes when your brain is on constant overload.
With greater workloads, fewer personnel and longer workweeks, the tendency to cram too many tasks into the workday is hard to resist. But do so at your own risk. Unless multitasking is done effectively and when appropriate, over the long term it can create excessive stress, reduce productivity, and take the fun out of work.