These days, you’ll see plenty of job postings that list their business skills training requirements coupled with the ability to multitask. On the surface, it makes sense why being able to do more than one thing at a time throughout the day would be an important skill for a potential employee to possess. However, is it as important as being able to manage time?
The better question is this – if you’re only able to get small portions of things done a day via multitasking, how much productivity are you actually achieving? And how much real work have you completed by the end of the work day?
In an interview with Forbes, Julie Morgenstern points out that it has been proven that due to the way the brain switches focus on new tasks, it takes four times longer to recognize them. This causes the multitasker to lose time.
Morgenstern is a productivity expert and bestselling author who USA Today once called the “queen of putting people’s lives in order”. Her approach is aimed towards managing your time through working smarter.
This all boils down to developing a personal workflow that allows you to take advantage of a workday. Instead of juggling chaos, you have a consistent process in which to complete tasks. Another big key to time management success is finding ways to minimize distractions.
Time management training covers the roadmap to move away from chaotic multitasking, and towards an effectively-paced workflow that enhances productivity. Some of the principles that are taught include productivity cycles, self-assessment, balancing technology use, knowing when to say “no” and creating reasonable workloads.
In a nutshell, you’re learning how to turn tasking chaos into achievement harmony.