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As important as the time you spend being productive, are the minutes you save to rest. Taking breaks is a proven way to restart your mind so you can get back to work refreshed. Your body will also thank you for the opportunity to move around, preventing muscular tension and its damaging consequences.
The usual recommendation is stopping for 15 minutes every hour, and never skipping lunch. But it’s also essential to pre-schedule your time off, so it’s set at regular intervals .
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However, while caffeine isn’t the villain many people used to think, drinking it too often can have a negative impact on multitasking skills.
An excessive amount of caffeine can raise your blood pressure, cause insomnia, and increase irritability. Its withdrawal effects can also lead to sev...
Delegating is at the core of task organization. It allows you to assign to yourself the tasks matching your skill set, optimizing your time and increasing performance. But it also has a negative side. Your team will be reaching out to you, interrupting to seek approval.
If the demand is int...
To better manage task organization, be aware of your limits. Your day has 24 hours. Your resources are what they are. Above all, you have your own personality to respect. In other words, before deciding how to multitask, you need to draw a realistic picture of the scenario.
Of course, you ...
Concentration is fundamental to multitasking. Here are some suggestions on how to accomplish it:
A flawless to-do list is one of the keys to good multitasking. And the secret behind it is a thorough understanding of the differences between urgent (tight deadlines) and important (long-term sustainability) matters.
For instance, try applying the
Once you become more confident in your ability to multitask, start planning your day ahead . You will then realize the following about most of your tasks:
Adopt the Pomodoro Technique. It suggests that you work in 25-minute blocks, then take a short break after each block, followed by a longer break after every 4 blocks. However, this might not work for you if it forces you to stop...
To make the tips above easier for you, consider adopting an online tool. If you need is a to-do list, there are many apps you can use free. However, as a project manager, you probably need a more powerful project management tool, something that allows you to have...
Among the techniques under investigation, game playing is one of the most popular because of its several concurring tasks, such as clicking on buttons, listening to instructions, and reacting to automated responses.
If you want to stay offline, other suggestions are sports activities, danci...
Efficient multitasking can be easily achieved if you understand its true meaning. You will be able to deal with more than one project as long as you aren’t trying to complete tasks at the same time.
Finally, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Like any other skill, multitasking is som...
The problem is that too much external stimulation can become an issue, even if it comes from your duties. Nevertheless, not all distractions are bad. For instance, music helps some people to work better.
To find a happy medium, do a test:
Sometimes, you don’t have to switch assignments. You can work on more than one simultaneously if they are related.
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Your energy levels will naturally decrease throughout the day, but you can recharge your batteries by taking breaks.
It’s easy to forget about what’s best for your brain when you’re battling a deadline.
You might think pushing through is what you need to do, but a 2011 University of Illinois study found foc...
Taking breaks restore your motivation, consolidate your memory, increase your creativity, and prevent decision fatigue. Research suggests we need to take a break for 5 to 10 minutes every hour or so and a longer break (more than 30 minutes) every two to four hours.
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