The Small Design Studio with Big (Green) Plans
Recent (and old) articles around the internet have indicated that multitasking is the devil. Well, maybe not the devil, but a productivity killer, anyway.
We support this ideal of no multitasking, and that’s part of the reason why we don’t take on more than 2 projects at a time.
A person can’t actually multitask. A multi-core computer processor can, but a brain can’t.
A person actually experiences rapid task-switching, meaning that we can’t concentrate on two things at once. Just one thing at a time.
And when we switch back and forth, what happens? We lose concentration and time.
According to this article, our productivity can drop as much as 40% when we’re multitasking due to lost concentration.
Work on fewer things at once. Or simply focus on one thing at a time.
This is part of the reason why we only take on a very select few projects at a time. If we don’t have to worry about 3 projects at once, right now, then we can focus on one project in the morning, one project in the afternoon.
And the results? Better designs for our clients, less stress for us.
By doing less task-switching yourselves. See if you can plan out specific blocks of time for specific activities, ignoring everything else during those blocks of time.
More than that, try to focus your drive on fewer projects at a time. Need a site for your business and it’s tax-time, too? Pick one task and do it, once that one’s finished, move to the next.
It will make a huge difference in both your personal and professional lives. Imagine the relief of only dealing with 1 thing at a time.
We have a few suggestions on what you can do to help with this new “No Multi-Task-Switching” ideal.
It all boils down to:
A lock keeps people out. They can bash the door down or be very loud if they really need your attention.
Noise-canceling headphones help you ignore people when they are just being moderately loud.
And an instrumental music playlist will keep you focused without accidentally affecting the language centers in your brain.
What about the rest of the single-taskers out there – anything else you would suggest to clients in order to avoid multitasking? Or another good reason to avoid multitasking? Let us know in the comments.