5 Secrets To Multitasking Without Losing Your Mind
I’m that person with my phone in one hand, a laptop with a zillion tabs open, and to-do lists everywhere. Sometimes I feel like my actual brain has too many tabs open! So if anyone needs 5 Secrets To Multitasking Without Losing Your Mind, it’s me.
Multitasking is essential for me; I’d never be able to get through the day without it. When I multitask well I have time to do the things I really want to do. But sometimes when I’m trying to get everything done, it’s hard to get anything done! That’s when I need to have a little word with myself and remember how to multitask without losing my mind. Here goes:
1. I ask myself the big question
And the question is this: “What is most important to me?” Shay? My relationship? Work? My friends? My house? No prizes for guessing my answer! Asking that question forces me to focus on what kind of person I want to be and who I care most about. Suddenly, I know what I need to do.
2. I pick 3 priorities
If I only pick three things that have to happen today, those three things will get done. So today, I need to call Daisy, I have to email Ben and I want to go to the gym because there’s this amazing weights class on at lunchtime. I always feel stronger afterwards, funnily enough! I’ve got this super cute Kikki-K notepad that has a section dedicated to ‘my top 3 priorities’ – writing them down definitely helps me focus.
3. I give myself distraction time
What distracts you from doing what you need to get done? For me it’s WhatsApping my friends. So many messages! Instead of replying every time my phone pings, I ringfence 15 minutes to dedicate to messages. I have to set a timer as a reminder to stop, otherwise I’d be messaging all day long!
4. I spot procrastination patterns
For example, I love having a tidy house, but I don’t enjoy tidying and I procrastinate big time! But since I started listening to podcasts as a treat while I deal with endless laundry, unload the dishwasher and wipe down the kitchen, my house is a whole lot tidier. Recently I’ve loved listening to The Emma Guns Show as she’s interviewed some really interesting people, How I Built This with the designer Kate Spade which was fantastically inspiring if you’re entrepreneurial, and The Guilty Feminist for a laugh.
5. I try to be the calm in the storm
Believe it or not, I zone out best in a busy place. When I’m working at home and it’s all quiet I find it distracting – I feel the urge to get up and do something. So I like working in a café because having busy-ness around me means I can be still in my moment: there’s nothing else to do apart from what’s in front of me. Like writing this blog for you!
OK, now it’s your turn! Come say hi on social and tell me what helps you multitask without losing your mind. I reckon we could all share some great tips for getting stuff done!
Love, Madeleine xx