It seems to me that the more technologically advanced we become, the more we rush to get things done.
With less and less time to do more and more, we have a tendency to get frazzled when the “to do” list doesn’t shrink in the way we anticipated it should.
Which is frustrating.
This is especially true for fiction writers, copywriters, and anyone else who seems to have three projects going on at once, competing deadlines, and to top it off, another 18 projects that they’ll get to work on “someday.”
Which is why what I’m about to share with you is super-important.
Cutting out this one thing is virtually guaranteed to help you get more work done in your life.
And you can learn this trick is less than one minute. It may take a bit longer than that to fully implement, but it’s worth it.
The thing I’m talking about that needs to end is…
Trying to do two or three things at once, when each one of those demands your full attention (or should).
Imagine for a second that I gave you a pitcher of milk, and that I have one just like it. I set out three glasses in front of both of us, and I tell you that whoever fills up their three glasses first wins.
Now, you have a choice: You can switch between two or three glasses, pouring milk into each one, a little at a time…
You can concentrate on one glass and fill it up completely before moving on.
If you tried to fill up more than one glass at a time with rapid switching, you’d probably make a mess.
This is exactly the same thing that people sometimes do in life, with their tasks. They do a whole bunch at once, with a lot of different things. A little bit here, a little bit there.
And they end up discouraged, because that bunch of things ends up halfway done.
Now, there are certain ways around this, like thinking up an email subject line or fleshing out a character while doing dishes or folding laundry.
Though I have to admit, my mind drifts toward one or the other. Which is why I end up watching TV in front of a basket of clean, unfolded clothes.
That’s also why I don’t usually listen to music when I’m writing.
What do YOU think? Do you multitask, or are you a single-tasker?
Drop me a line in the comments and let me know, all right?
And give single-tasking a shot, if you haven’t yet. You might be surprised how much more quickly one thing gets done when you focus on it.
I understand that there’s only so much in a day that we can do. Tomorrow, I’ll show you a technique I picked up during a copywriting presentation that takes the to-do list and productivity to a much higher level.
Make sure to swing by.
Until next time,