I bet you think you accomplished a lot today. Before you pat yourself on the back, read the description below. Does it sound like your regular work day?
“[M] ulti-taskers [...] tend to get part way into one task, then notice a sticky note by the computer and start working on that one, when the next email ping shows up and they start on that one, when the teleconference starts, etc. You get the idea – the multi-tasker will often sit on the conference call while answering email while working on the budget.”
“Many of these multi-taskers, often wind up at the end of the day with an interesting conflict: whereas a number of tasks have been completed, a handful that were started in the morning, wind up still incomplete at 5:00 pm having been juggled all day long. The person ‘worked’ all day long, is often tired, and feels a bit frustrated.”
Here are some ideas on how to deal with this so-called multi-tasking.