Of course, no matter how hard you try to concentrate on doing one thing before moving on to your next tasks, you have to admit that there are a bunch of distractions, whether you are working in an office environment or doing freelance work at home.
The best thing to do, before finding out the proper way to mono or single task is to identify which distractions can really affect your ability to focus on one job at a time and keep yourself from multitasking.
- Over eagerness to get the job done. We would understand that you may want to always put your best foot forward every single time – for your boss to notice that you are willing to do anything and everything to promote your business online. However, if you keep taking task after task without accomplishing anything, this move can prove detrimental to your work and business. Do not get too eager to show off, because this attitude will only distract you from completing your assigned task.
- Fear can also be considered a distraction and the cause for you to lose your focus on your work. It is normal to feel scared, but letting the fear take over your work is a big “no, no” in any type of work environment.
- Inability to manage your time properly. This will completely distract you from meeting your deadline. Proper time management is perfect to set your plans in motion.
- Moving on to managing your work day activities: even constantly checking your email can distract you from your work. Even checking your favorite social networking media sites are also a distraction.
- People in your workplace or at home can deter you from completing your tasks on time. Chit chats in between tasks, although can get your mind off the stress and pressure of work, can and will take a lot of your time, especially when the topic of conversation gets a bit juicy.
- Digital devices such as your multi-media players, tablets, mobile phones, laptops and other gadgets can sometimes or often times the cause of delay. You wouldn’t want to hear an excuse that your employee was kept busy by a 30 minute phone call as the reason why he or she was not able to turn in her report on time, would you?
- Thinking too much. Come on, if you keep thinking way too much and wandering off into lala land, day dreaming or coming up with ideas irrelevant to your tasks, you will not get anything done, that’s for sure.
- Anxiety and the pressure of handling too much tasks are two of the major culprits when it comes to working on projects and campaigns. If the pressure of then work at hand distracts you, then it would be safe to say that you can kiss work completion good bye.
- Who wants to take in more work in the first place? Well, aside from the control freaks and the over eager employees, no one wants to be swamped with tasks that they know they can handle. But if you keep avoiding being given any task at all, then that would be a huge problem for you, your stay in the office and of course your business.
10.Lack of a sense of direction. Even if you are working on a single task or taking 10 tasks at the same time, you would need some sort of direction or the right mindset to make things work.
Part of the top work place distractions is multi tasking or deciding to take on a lot of tasks – more than one can handle. Let’s face it, being too eager to take on more than what you can actually do can keep you from focusing on one task and being successful at it.
If you are willing to give up on excessive multitasking, here are some tips on how you can avoid it and just work on a single task to market your business online.
What is the Pomodoro technique and how will it keep you from multi tasking?
A few years ago, several health experts have conducted a study on people or subjects to prove that multi tasking affects people’s brain and brain activity in a very bad way. This is why the Pomodoro Technique was developed: to help people focus more on doing one thing and at the same time produce top class work in the end.
The concept of this technique is pretty simple, with only a few steps to do and observe to make this work for you or for anyone who would like to get things done, one job at a time. As a matter of fact, there are 5 easy steps to complete that’s included in the Pomodoro technique:
Step 1. You must select or choose the task that you really want to accomplish. You can do so by listing down all the tasks that you need done for the week and identify which one is of greater importance. The rest of the tasks should be saved for another time or day.
Step 2. Using your alarm clock or stop watch, set it for 25 minutes and you may begin your task. Focus on accomplishing as much as you can for twenty five minutes; until the alarm goes off.
Step 3. After your 25 minutes are up, make sure to take a break for about five (5) minutes. Taking breaks in between work can refresh your mind and keep your focus and concentration going for many hours. Aside from this, you will not easily feel burnt out.
Step 4. Make sure to repeat steps one until three for as much or as often as four cycles. Scheduling your tasks will work perfectly, especially if your task is a bit draining or heavy.
Step 5. Continue to work on the process for 4 times or until your work is done. Rest for 25 minutes and you may begin another cycle on another type of task.
These steps are indeed simple, easy to follow but those people who have tried using the technique can attest that the technique really works, especially for those who keep getting distracted by outside forces such as time, people and extra work. Aside from this the Pomodoro technique is easy to memorize, and the more your follow the steps, the more each part of the technique becomes a part of you. Soon, you will notice that you are getting more things done compared to when you are cramming and swamped with work and extracurricular activities at home or in the office. And soon, the technique will be completely part of your daily work routine.
One would be: understanding the negative effects of multitasking. Knowledge about this would help convince you that it would be better to focus on doing one thing compared to doing two or more tasks at the same time. And once you know all these, you may now start avoiding all opportunities to multi task and other forms of work distractions.
Set your sites on a goal. For a businessman or a professional like you, it would help if you have a goal to keep you motivated to do good when it comes to online marketing and other ad strategies. If you have a purpose, you will understand that you have to stay focused on one campaign to achieve success before moving on to the next one.
Set up a specific time when you need to focus on your work and not mingle and converse with the people around you, or check your email, cell phone and gadgets. This should be your work time and should not let any other distractions keep you from leaving your desk to do other things.
Prioritize your tasks. Like in the Pomodoro technique, you have to identify which task needs your attention first. If you feel that working on an a new online marketing campaign is more important, then by all means work on that first, and as soon as you complete than, then It’s time to move on to another task that’s waiting for you.