When was the last time you sat at your desk and turned off your email for an entire morning?
I was out with a colleague earlier this week and the conversation of multitasking came up and how workplace value is determined. In his organization he felt that employee value was rated higher for those that answered emails the fastest. Yet, they still have a to-do list a mile long because email never stops and the true work is waiting. At the end of the day they feel unaccomplished and the work they’ve produced leaves something to be desired. Simply put, they can’t get anything of substantial value done well because there are too many distractions.
There is plenty of research demonstrating that multitasking can make you feel like you’re getting more done, but in reality you just do a lot of things sub-par.
So I challenge you … turn off your email for just 4 hours. Put your phone where you can’t hear it. Close down your web browser. Put headphones on and get to work. Accomplish something more meaningful to your clients.
For a quick read on the distractions of multitasking click here.