Computers can be programmed to multitask. While computers multitask efficiently, research has cast doubts on man’s ability to do more than one thing effectively at a time. In fact, one kind of multitasking is becoming increasingly illegal — talking or texting on cell phones while driving. The decision not to multitask when life is threatened is not a hard decision to make.
We should apply the same caution to others areas of our lives. As a businessman and consultant, I deal with multiple clients and situations, so I have to keep numerous balls in the air at the same time. However, managing multiple situations and multitasking are greatly different things. In my work, I have to be able to quickly switch gears (and projects) in my mind whenever the phone rings, but I have learned that I can only effectively and efficiently focus on one project at a time. As a result, the desk in my office is always completely clear except for the current project I am focused on. By doing this, my customers benefit in several ways:
1. They always have the benefit of my undivided attention. When I am working on a project for you that is ALL that I am working on.
2. Because I am focused only on your project, the results are always better and of much higher quality because my thinking is not diluted by other distractions. I have even gone to the extent of locating my office in a very isolated part of my house (fondly called the “man cave”), and I often allow the answering machine to take messages during times when I need to concentrate intensely.
3. The high quality products that I always produce for clients are done so at the minimum possible cost, thereby producing higher value and returns.
As a result of these things, I am able to accomplish more than most other people in my field because I am ultimately more productive and can handle work from more clients in the same time frame.
What about you? Have you developed a system for working that allows you to achieve maximum productivity and high quality results, all while minimizing costs? If not, contact us now. We can help you develop and implement a system to ratchet up your overall effectiveness.