Five Ways (Some) Multitasking Can Work for You

Includes a Guest Infographic: How to Be Good at Multitasking

The concept of multi-tasking has gotten a bum rap. Articles such as this one are tell us that we are not as effective when we multi-task. We are being told to slow down, focus on one thing at a time, and not over-commit ourselves. That’s great advice–but it’s harder for some to implement than you think. What if your personality is one that thrives on having several things going at once and being fast paced? 

As a seasoned multi-tasker (seasoned meaning I’ve been doing it for a long time, not that it is always succcessful for me) I am challenged by this new wave of thinking (some call it “uni-tasking.”) However, I have my doubts that swinging the time management pendulum from one extreme to the other is the best way to go. I think there is a middle-ground that can be a healthy place.

The idea of multi-tasking is to have several things going on at once. The idea of single, or uni, tasking is to focus on one thing at a time. Let me pitch to you a compromise: complementary multi-tasking. This approach embraces doing two (or possibly more) things at once, but being intentional that they complement each other, not distract from one another. Common sense and safety are key components of this idea.

When you are planning your “to-do” list, ask yourself the following questions to see if you can apply complementary multi-tasking to your list. (For the sake of simplicity, we will consider planning two complementary tasks, although sometimes you could plan three or more.)

1. Are there two tasks that can be done in the same general vicinity? For example, making sandwiches for tomorrow’s lunch while waiting for water to boil for tonight’s spaghetti works better than leaving the kitchen to check email in another room.

2. Is one task relatively hands-off and one hands-on?  While a new software program is downloading, I can organize one drawer in my desk.

3. Can two things be going simultaneously, safely? My laundry can be drying while I work on a blog post.

4. Could I mix a mindless “task” opportunity with a “people” opportunity?  With the help of a phone earpiece, I can fold laundry while talking to a friend, which would be better than trying to answer email while also talking with her on the phone.

5. Will doing these two tasks at the same time add cause more mental fatigue or less?  Listening to a podcast or some music while cooking may help pass the time nicely, while trying to help your child with homework while also preparing a meal can become frustrating for both of you.

So before jumping on the bandwagon that all multi-tasking is ineffective or wrong, consider that complementary multi-tasking may be the way to accomplish two important tasks without driving yourself crazy.

Question: What are two tasks that you can do at the same time without misusing the idea of multi-tasking? Join the conversation by commenting!

 

My thanks to Gisele Navarro (@ichbingisele) for the infographic, originally seen here.  (If you receive this by email and cannot read the infographic well, click here.)

 

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7 Exercises You Can Do Right In Your Chair

Guest Post by Dave McDonald

You may be an overwhelmed professional, but you can manage your energy better if you move regularly. My thanks to Dave McDonald of The Great Outdoors Fix for this guest post and infographic.  (If you receive this by email and cannot see the infographic well, click here.)

Beth

 

The lack of physical activity might be the biggest factor why you are gaining weight. This is why if possible, you have to keep moving. The nature of your work is not important. The point is to do exercises just to keep the fat burning. Even if your job requires you to sit in front of the computer for the entire day, there are still activities that you can do. For instance, you can do some stretching or leg exercises without disturbing other people in the office.

Another strategy is to wait until everyone goes out for lunch and start doing the exercises on your chair. This is if you worry that your officemates will make fun of you. Again, these are simple exercises that won’t make you really sweaty. Therefore, even if you are attending a meeting with your boss in the afternoon, it doesn’t matter. You will still look fine. Just keep doing these exercises to stay in shape.

Once your work is done, head to the gym for more intense exercises. Just keep doing these strategies so you won’t worry about gaining weight anymore. It is just a matter of discipline and consistency in your weight loss strategies. You can do more if you want as long as it doesn’t interfere with your job.

For more information about these exercises, check out the infographic below. It provides the right steps that can be done with ease. Start doing the exercises now before it’s too late.

7 Exercises You Can Do Right In Your Chair!

Announcing the Winners of Theme Month

And a Quick Note to the HOPE Family for May

Beth BeutlerHi everyone!

Calendar month is in the books and our winners are listed below! I hope you found the tips, articles, contest, freebie, etc. helpful to you. The “Conquer Your Calendar” Course will remain available with the new price of $49.00.

April was a very full month with content on the blog almost every day, longer than usual emails, and an unexpected personal twist for us (we’re fine) that is bringing a project/purchase to our lives that we hadn’t anticipated. (We hope THAT will be handled in time to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary later in the month.)

For many of YOU, May probably feels as busy as December, and your minds are yearning toward that summer breathing space.

So, I’ve decided that on the blog and my social media channels, I’m going to “go with the flow” and be less concerned about a publishing schedule or structure. It will be more of a  “May Mashup.” I’ll be posting a few helpful items here and there, many of which has already be created (or shared with me) in the past. You’ll still receive a digest through the typical Monday email if there has been material added to the blog during the prior seven days.

This will also give me a good opportunity to go deeper with some thinking/visioning I’ve been doing for the content portion of HOPE Unlimited…in other words, what the blog, social media platforms, and extended resources like books/courses should or shouldn’t look like for the immediate future.

Our world has SO MUCH INFORMATION out there now, that I don’t want material and products from us to just get lost in the noise and add to your feeling of overwhelm, or be too similar to other things you can find that there’s no need to duplicate efforts. I’ll be doing some praying and listening to discern what, if anything, HOPE should continue to provide in terms of regular content through blogging, social media, and fee-based content. And if inspiration hits me, I’ll still be writing and creating behind the scenes.

You can be a part of this if you like. I appreciate the feedback that several of you have provided through surveys, and if you have a strong feeling about what content you’d like to see from HOPE, (or if you don’t feel it’s necessary) please contact me with your thoughts.

I wish you all a pleasant May and if we can be of help to you, get in touch!  (And congrats to our winners, listed below!)

Beth

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Congrats to Our Winners!

$25 Surprise Gift Card: Paula K.

Calendar Lover’s Pack: Nancy D.

Coffee with Beth session: Beth L.

Thanks for participating!