By, 01/29/2013

Most know the importance of multi-tasking at work. In fact, many businesses list it as a desired skill in job posts, which is understandable. On any given day, multiple projects, tasks and one-off items can fill your calendar, and they occasionally have competing deadlines. Being able to navigate these various—and sometimes completely unrelated—items can boost your success as an employee.

Multi-tasking also helps boost office efficiency. If a computer program is running slowly, you could work in another or take that time to complete a task away from your computer, like sending a fax. Multi-tasking smaller items also allows for spending more time on larger projects requiring your full attention. Just be careful not to let multi-tasking distract you when it shouldn’t—knowing when to give your full attention is equally important, if not more so, than the ability to multi-task.