Multitasking vs Multitasking Skills: Why Understanding the Difference is the Key to Greater Productivity
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There’s barely a job ad, resume or workplace intro pack that doesn’t stress the importance of multitasking. The ability to switch seamlessly between different tasks or projects, we’re constantly told, is an admirable quality — something we should all strive towards. But what is multitasking exactly, and is it deserving of such high praise? Should we be developing our multitasking skills instead?
Hang on a second. Multitasking vs multitasking skills? What’s the difference? Surely this is just a matter of semantics?
Not quite. While they’re related concepts, we’d argue that there are some important distinctions between the two. And improving your multitasking skills can help you get the most out of your attempts to multitask.
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Is your freelance business running at a loss without you even realizing it?
If you answered, “I’m not sure, ” add “perform a time cost analysis” to your to-do list.
It can help you weed out time sinks, improve efficiency, and stop undercharging for your work.
When you have accurate data on your productivity, you can see where your time choices are holding you back and give yourself a foolproof map to get your goals and business back on track.
Chris Cameron is an expert in productivity and workflow automation who was recently diagnosed with ADHD. In this article, Chris shares how Timing has empowered him to manage his time and attention more effectively. You can discover more insights on ADHD and productivity on his blog and website, learnwith.cc. In addition, Chris is offering a special 25% discount to Timing users on enrollments for his upcoming course, Mastering Workflow Automation with ADHD.
If you have ADHD like I do, managing time effectively is crucial for maintaining focus. But this is easier said than done. One minute you’re focused on a task, and the next, you’re down a rabbit hole with no recollection of how you got there. That’s why traditional time-tracking methods often fall short. But what if there was a tool that did the heavy lifting for you? That’s where Timing comes in. This macOS app automates the time-tracking process, making it easier to manage your day without adding another task to your list. Stick around and I’ll show you why Timing has become an indispensable part of my ADHD time management toolkit.
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Feeling overwhelmed, unfocused and exhausted? Swamped with deadlines and unable to complete them on time? Perhaps it’s time to look at how you’re structuring your days. Jumping from one task to another may seem necessary — there’s just so much to do, after all — but this approach can be time consuming and counterproductive. If you’re looking for a solution, time blocking can help.
Time blocking is a time management practice that involves being intentional about how you spend your time. It’s about evaluating your most important tasks. Assessing how long they’ll take to complete. And blocking off time to work on them without distraction. The result? Designated time for deep work and shallow work, improved focus and productivity, and a greater sense of control.
Here, we define time blocking, look at some of its challenges (and solutions), and offer a step-by-step guide to make it part of your daily life.
Let’s get started.
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The freelance economy is thriving and showing no signs of slowing down.
According to a recent study by Fiverr, there are 1.57 billion people who are pursuing a freelance career, and the freelancing market is worth a staggering $1.5 trillion.
That’s not all.
By 2028, more than 90 million Americans (half of the U.S. workforce!) are expected to make an income from freelance work to some degree.
But with so many people opting to work for themselves over the traditional 9-to-5, it brings up a lot of important questions like:
- How do you stand out in a crowd of so many?
- How do you market yourself to attract your ideal clients?
- How do you make clients come to you instead of spending your precious time and energy hunting them?
The answer is simple.
By implementing these essential habits of highly effective freelancers, you can set your freelancing career up for long-term success.
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Where do the hours go? Why do you feel like you’ve been working consistently all day, but you’ve only ticked one item off your to-do list? Did that task really only take you a couple of hours, as you’d planned? Or was it maybe more? Knowing exactly how you spend your time on any given day can be tricky. Fortunately, a time audit can help.
A time audit involves recording the hours and minutes of your workday. It helps you account for how you spend your time, and provides valuable insight that you can use to boost your focus and productivity, prevent burnout, and run your business better.
Here, we explore the ins and outs of time audits, including their benefits and how to do one.
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You open your laptop, sift through your priorities, and get started with your workday. Things begin smoothly, and you sense that you likely have a full, productive day ahead. Then, your phone pings with a text. Four emails arrive in a flurry. And you decide to check your social media feed, just for a minute. Before you know it, the day is gone. And with only a handful of items successfully ticked off your to-do list, you’re left asking yourself: “Why do I get easily distracted?”
You’re not alone if you get distracted from time to time. In fact, according to a Harvard study, most people spend 47% of their time thinking about something else. And in the workplace, the typical office worker gets interrupted or changes tasks every three minutes. Since it can take over 23 minutes to get back in the zone once after a distraction, this makes for disjointed and disrupted workdays.
The consequences of this are far-reaching. Distractions make it difficult to stay focused, invest in deep work, and be productive. If you don’t put steps in place to address your distractions, they can ultimately impact your success.
Let’s take a look at why you might get distracted easily, and what tips you can use to limit your distractions.
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Time is a non-replenishable resource.
No matter how hard you try, you’ll only have 24 hours in a day to work through your to-do list.
And in our relentless pursuit of success, it can feel like a struggle to manage it effectively. The modern world demands constant multitasking, juggling tasks, and meeting tight deadlines that can overwhelm even the most organized individuals.
But what if you could revolutionize your approach to time management and unlock your true productivity potential?
Enter micro scheduling. A time management method that can change how you approach your to-do list.
In a world where distractions are everywhere, and attention spans are shrinking, microscheduling can hold the key to optimizing every moment of your day.
Here’s how it can help you beat procrastination, scatterbrained work patterns, and turn your goals into reality.
Boundaries refer to the limits we set for ourselves. They’re a line in the sand that indicates we’re prepared to go so far and no further. Boundaries are important in all aspects of our life, including at work. Work boundaries help us to stay focused and productive, establish work-life balance, maintain constructive working relationships, boost work satisfaction, and prevent burnout.
If you battle to communicate your needs at work, if the lines between your professional and personal lives regularly blur, or if you constantly feel overwhelmed or exhausted, it’s worth paying attention to the boundaries you have in place. Are they strong enough? Do you need to renegotiate or reinforce them? Examining your boundaries critically can help you stay on track mentally, emotionally and physically.
Here, we explore the different types of boundaries at work. And we offer seven steps that will help you keep good boundaries in place — and reap the rewards.
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Contemporary work culture tends to glorify busyness. We often feel pressured into working constantly, pausing only to lament how few hours there are in the day. But our frantic schedules tend to neglect one important fact: working incessantly isn’t sustainable. It isn’t healthy and it doesn’t result in good quality work. In fact, part of working hard — and well — involves integrating work breaks into our day.
This may seem counterintuitive at first, especially if you’re struggling to get on top of your workload and meet your deadlines. You need to work more, not less, right? Not necessarily. Scheduling 10 to 15-minute breaks throughout your day can actually help you get more done, more quickly. Breaks can boost your productivity, improve your creativity, and prevent you from experiencing productivity-killing burnout.
Here, we take a look at the benefits of work breaks, the different types you can take, and why burnout is such a big deal. We also offer a practical solution to help you step away from your desk from time to time.