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Career Guidance: Multitasking: Friend or Foe?

Multitasking: Friend or Foe?

In today's society, multitasking has become the norm. People are trying to do too many things at once, which has resulted in a juggling act. Work and personal commitments are on the rise, and people are scrambling to get everything done. The thought is that if you can do two things at once, you can save time and take on more responsibility.

Is this a smart way to operate? You might try to talk on the phone, read your e-mail and jot down a few notes all at once. Or you might schedule after-work activities that leave you with no time for yourself. Trying to do it all is a common theme among adults. Today, we are faced with more opportunities, we have higher expectations, and we want everything in an instant.

The truth is, when you are not 100 percent focused on the task at hand, you are more likely to make mistakes.

    You can save yourself from having to do things more than once by:

  • Concentrating on one task at a time and completing it before moving to the next.
  • Finishing a conversation without interruptions or starting another.
  • Knowing your limits and learning to say “no.”
  • Staying focused and concentrating on the present.
  • Plan and prioritize! Not all tasks require immediate attention.
  • Set specific goals and pace yourself so that things get done right the first time.

Also, remember to schedule time for yourself. If you are overworked and overtired, you won't have the ability or energy to complete your tasks.

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