Reap the rewards of your brain’s organisational capabilities and regain control of your frenzied work day with these five tips.
Do you answer emails while on a conference call, or make your to-do list while in a business meeting? You may think multi-tasking is the obvious answer to a jam-packed schedule, but Wellesley, Mass.-based business and wellness coach Margaret Moore, co-author of Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life (Harlequin, 2011), says juggling multiple tasks places stress on the brain and negatively effects your job performance.
“Our brains were designed to focus all of its resources on one task at a time, be it a work project or a personal conversation,” says Moore.
Rapidly shifting from a conference call to an email to a meeting means these tasks only get a part of the brain’s resources, and can result in sloppy work, making you feel dissatisfied with your accomplishments at the end of the day. “[When we focus on a singular task], our memory works well, we make fewer mistakes and we’re creative – even brilliant from time to time,” says Moore. Using the brain’s organisational software in the way it was designed can help you to feel more focused and productive.
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