Inspired by a newsletter email from the folks at RescueTime, I’ve decided to give single-tasking another shot. Hopefully my meditation training will help. In recent months, I’ve noticed an increasing tendency to get distracted while – wait for it – multitasking. Despite having known this was a bad practice for years, I still find myself doing it. Well, I’m going to work on fixing this – again. The last time I did so was quite some time ago. Here are some tricks I’ll be trying.
- Less playing of podcasts in the background for “background noise.”
- Fewer windows open at once. So much for those investments in all those big flat panel displays.
- Taking one on one calls with my reports on my phone as opposed to on a computer, and insisting they do the same.
- Closing all those extra tabs and getting back to checking email on a schedule (except of course if I’m on call and need to be responsive in a more timely fashion).
Got any other tips or tricks? Let me know!