If you are a multitasking person, when you do several things at once, your brain is stimulated and releases a substance called dopamine, (a chemical that produces pleasure). And it can be very pleasing for you to perform many tasks at once (but here you can file the deception).
Studies have shown that it is impossible to focus on more than one task at a time which makes you less productive. Or in the worse case, it makes you postpone your projects or abandon them.
In my experience, focus on one thing makes you more productive. But if you are one of those people who usually do many things at once, I’ll share information, so you know its cons. But I will also give you some solutions.
I think that one can be multitasking only when you know when to be one. And what is complicated is doing several challenging tasks at once, particularly in a project. When you have tasks that require high concentration, and you stop doing things for something else or distractions, it takes you longer to return to keep focused. The brain works in blocks of 20 minutes of total concentration and less than 15 minutes in recovering it to embark you in those 20 minutes again. So if you have a multitasking habit, it can be counterproductive.
Another disadvantage of being a multitasking person is that you have daily energy and you can lose it if you split without control. Be multitasking makes you busy, but not necessarily more productive. At the end of the day, you can get to feel you did not advance at all. You leave efficiency aside, and what matters at the end of the day is not how hard you worked, but how much production you had and how efficient you went to finish a task.
Another disadvantage of being multitasking is that it can also cause you to procrastinate. Since being in several things at once distracts you and can make you not respect the deadlines of your projects because your brain is tired of mini tasks that come during the day. So being multitasking, it does not mean that you cannot finish something, but it can make it harder to finish a major project.
So it is possible that you can perform simple tasks at the same time, and it can be easy to do several simple things at the same time. For example, when I am inking a comic page, I may be listening to a podcast. But when I need to plan a comic book page or write my story, I need absolute concentration so, if you cannot focus on what matters, it can make you make more mistakes.
Being multitasking is pretty good, but it can create a habit without control if you do not observe what you are doing or if you do not give priority to the things that matter. So in a nutshell, you need to invest your time wisely. If you are a multitasking person, try to find a method that will help you prioritize the most important tasks.
Here I share with you some tips that can assist you with that:
- Check out or make a list of your work plan the night before. Use an agenda or a to-do list, be it a computer program or a notebook. Assigning tasks for a later day is the small gift you will give to yourself the next morning.
- Get rid of distractions such as putting the phone in airplane mode or disconnecting the phone at certain times.
- Block social networks with FOCUS or the Block Site plugin for Chrome. This method is great when you can not leave social networks, and these are hampering your progress.
- Put a sign on your door that says “Do Not Disturb,” or you are working.
- Watch your mind when a new distraction or activity appears, ask yourself if it is a priority and what would happen if you stop doing the activity that you designated as a priority, for another that just appeared.
In addition to this, you should know that the three basic foundations for working on a project are:
- The priority
- And discipline.
And without them, you will not be able to finish what you propose.
Here are some tips that can help you focus better. I use them all to produce my projects so I can assure you that if you use them, they will help you too.
You can read the next article called: “My mind is saturated, I can not create.”
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