Is It Really Possible To Organize Your Time?

January 10, 2019

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Is this the year you’re going to be more organized, get more done, and be more cheerful about it all?  If that’s your goal, consider this:  many studies suggest that trying to do more than one thing at a time can actually diminish productivity and performance.

About 30 years ago, an article in Vanity Fair captured my attention titled  “Acceleration Syndrome: How Life Got Much, Much Too Fast”.  This was before everyone had cell phones, before texting, before we all had a personal computer and a million distractions.

If life felt busy and pressured all those years ago, how are we doing now that things are moving at hyperspeed? 

Jeff Katzenberg, former Chairman of Walt Disney Studios infamously told a staffer “If you don’t come to work on Saturday, don’t bother to come in on Sunday.” He became the poster child for Type A chronic life/work imbalance.  That’s not what we’re going for at Kari Gran.

One of the biggest obstacles to approaching tasks more thoughtfully is our growing compulsion (some might call it an addiction) to the adrenaline of constant stimulus and feeling like you’re performing at a Masters of the Universe level.  Chances are, you’re not.

Here are three tips that we’re going to try this month to help us be more focused, productive and less stressed out.

  • Email reduction!  The number one most powerful thing you can do to rediscover the power of focus is to control email use – scheduling when and how often you check your email.  If you promise yourself that you’re going to check email only four times a day, for a limited time, that will really help. 
  • Shift multitasking to single tasking. Focusing on one task at a time will help you get the job done quickly and correctly.
  • Take Brain Breaks.  Your brain works hard – it needs to be replenished regularly.  Try to take 2-3 short brain breaks a day.   

How do you manage the acceleration of your life?  If you’ve discovered strategies to help you manage an over-scheduled life, we’d love to hear about them! 

Vanity Fair: Acceleration Syndrome

 Very Well Mind:  How Multitasking Affects Productivity and Brain Health

 Forbes – Multitasking Damages Your Brain

Secrets of Multitasking

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