Multitasking vs. Uni-Tasking

By, 11/21/2013

Multitasking is often touted as an important way to improve productivity at work. But there’s also a lot to be said for uni-tasking—or focusing on one task rather than several at once.

Though you may be able to get more done quantity-wise when multitasking, focusing on more than one task could detract from the quality of each. For example, you might make more errors if you don’t have enough time to review important work before submitting it. Often times, there are many projects or decisions that require deeper thought and concentration.

Here are a few tips for uni-tasking:

  • Disconnect. Silence your phone, turn off your email notifications and put your cell phone away. These are common distractions, so just doing these alone probably helps improve productivity right off the bat.
  • Allocate a specific amount of time to the task at hand. If you know you have a set amount of time to accomplish something, you’ll probably focus better.
  • Choose the right time of day to complete your task. For example, don’t work on something that requires a lot of attention if you’re hungry before lunch.