Letting go of unproductive habits part 2

Lets start today from our series on Letting go of unproductive habits, (you can get part 1 here) with one that I have found to be a biggie with many during my coaching time with some very sharp children’s pastors around the world. It is multitasking. This has been one big lie of how useful it is.

Stop working on multiple tasks at once. You are spreading your focus and effort on too many places at once. Although you might be able to proceed on many fronts at once, it is still a very slow and error-prone way of working.

Instead, when you focus solely on one task, you get all the work done much faster. You can put your mind fully to that task, complete it fully and move to the next task. I will demonstrate this in the following exercise, so please take a piece of paper and a writing instrument and follow along.

Exercise:
The following exercise will help you quickly understand the negative impact in efficiency caused by multitasking.

Step 1

1. Have a timer with a second hand ready. For best results have another person time you.
2. In the first row, re-copy the phrase “Multitasking is Worse Than a Lie.” After copying the entire phrase in the first row, then switch to the second row and write the numbers 1-27.

Like This:
M Multitasking is worse than a lie
1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27

3. Ready, Set, Go! (After you have completed the last number (27), write down your total time to completion.)

M

1

Time to complete _______________

Step 2

1. Have a timer with a second hand ready again.
2. In the first row, copy the phrase “Multitasking is worse than a lie.” For every letter you write in the “M” row, switch to the second row (labeled “1”) and write the corresponding number.
3. Ready, Set, Go! (After you have completed the last number (27), write down your total time to completion.)

M

1

Time to complete __________________

Compare the time to completion between the first and second pass. Typically, a person will take twice as long to complete this exercise when multitasking (second pass) vs. focusing on one task at a time (first pass).

Make sense? Then leave here today and stop multitasking, but stay laser like focused.

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