Is Multitasking Good For Your Home Based Business?

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Working from home is great and I really love it.  For one, I don’t have to rush out of my house to just sit in bumper to bumper traffic to get to a job that I may or may not love.  Secondly, I don’t even have to get dressed if I don’t feel like it.

On the other hand, there are lots of distractions and sometimes I find that staying focused is very challenging. Can you relate?

Lately, I’ve been concentrating on getting more focused so I can get more done so I can serve my audience better.

I’ve gone from this:

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To this:

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And, I’m finding that having only 1 thing opened at a time helps me focus more than having several tabs being opened (I know…you’re thinking “but, Jan, you have 2 tabs opened” Yes, I know, but the other one is my Google search on “multitasking” so I can do my scientific research for this post).

And, then, there’s the ol’ smartphone.  You keep it next to you just in case it rings or you get an important text message from one of your kids. But, that’s distracting too.  I know because I’m guilty of this! What I’ve been doing lately is keeping the phone on silent and turning it upside down so it doesn’t distract me when a new message or email comes up.  This is working wonders.

But, don’t just believe me.  I did do my research and this is what the experts say about multitasking.  It may not damage your brain according to that article from March of 2015 in Entrepreneur magazine, but it certainly impedes your thought process.  “Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time.”  This same study also found that heavy multitaskers—those who multitask a lot and feel that it boosts their performance—were actually worse at multitasking than those who like to do a single thing at a time.

A second article I found on Mindtools.com has this to say “Imagine trying to talk to someone and write an email at the same time. Both of these tasks involve communication. You can’t speak to someone and write a really clear and focused email at the same time. The tasks are too conflicting – your mind gets overloaded as you try to switch between the two tasks.”  This makes perfect sense to me and I highly recommend you read the rest of that article right here.  The key points from this article are:

  1. Many of us think that multitasking is the best way to get through the demands of our working day. This is a myth! The reality is that multitasking lowers the quality of our work, reduces our ability to focus, and can actually cost us time.
  2. It’s important to stop multitasking as soon as you realize you’re doing it. Schedule your day into blocks of time, try to minimize and manage interruptions, and work on improving your concentration.
  3. Controlling your tendency to multitask could have surprising benefits. You probably find that you get more done, feel less stress, and have more energy at the end of the day.

I hope you found this helpful.  It really helped me and I hope it did the same for you! Let us all be more productive in our home based businesses so we can work fewer hours and go out and do the things that we want to do.

Let me know your biggest takeaway and the one habit that you will change TODAY!  Leave a comment below and please feel free to share this with all of your friends!

Until next time,

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13 thoughts on “Is Multitasking Good For Your Home Based Business?

  1. Hi Jan.
    Bingo! You are right! Your brain literally only focuses on ONE thing at a time – in fact there’s a book called “ONE-Thing”.. and it talks about this ver topic. Great discussion and I hope it makes people thing about what they do and how they spend their time …

  2. Hi Jan,
    you are right, multitasking is not working.
    At the end, it does not save time or brings good results.
    Focusing on one thing is much better.
    May many read your post and think about
    Thank you
    Erika

  3. I think I’m good at multi tasking, but there is a difference between that and getting completely distracted from your task or tasks! Social media is a real distraction when you’re online. It really doesn’t help that it is so easy to just pop over for a quick look!

    Enjoy the journey!

  4. Multi-tasking or distracted? Good question Jan.

    I find that focus is key to some of my tasks but there are some mindless tasks I can do 2 or 3 at the same time, or handling them gives me a mental break to think about something and at the same time let’s me get a thought out of my head.

    I pretty much know where I can multi-task and where I can’t. You certainly can’t have a conversation with someone and write an email to someone else that is really having 2 conversations at the same time. But I can click on links in one of these traffic websites I subscribe to while actually doing something else.

    So I guess I agree and don’t agree

    To the top

    Mary

    1. Yes, Mary. There are some tasks that are easier to multitask with. I’m just finding that with the harder things, I really need to focus on one thing at a time. Thanks for your comments.

  5. Hi Jan,
    “The reality is that multitasking lowers the quality of our work, reduces our ability to focus, and can actually cost us time.” I do agree with that! I block out time on a daily schedule and I use a timer to focus on what I am working on at the moment. I liked that you turned your phone over and put it on silent. I just turn mine off. Anything that urgent my family can call my house phone. Thanks for the great article on non multitasking.

  6. Hi Jan,
    I am visiting this blog for the links of PAC blog rotator and glad to see your insights and supported information regarding multitasking. Even though, we try to do a lot of multitasking for blogging related activities, it is better to concentrate on one thing and make it work best, then start with the next process. I always ended up getting things get worse when I try to do multitasking.

    Once again thanks for the share.

    Hoping to read more posts from you soon.

    Best regards

    Reji Stephenson

  7. Hi Jan

    Isn’t it stange that being productive could mean that one should be able to multitask?

    Multitasking does reduce productivity and our brain handles one thing at a time. I also like to open so many tabs but I think i will stick to just one a time.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care

  8. Hi Jan,
    I think its being my first visit to my your blog and I think I really enjoyed the post. And secondly multi-tasking is a good but distarction sometimes happens.
    Althrough, I will be looking for more good posts on your site.
    thanks for sharing.

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