7 hacks to stop multitasking & become more productive, creative & intelligent entrepreneur
multitasking is injurious to the health of an entrepreneur, because it damages the brain, stops creativity and destroys focus. with multitasking, the entrepreneur is under the ‘illusion’ of doing a great lot of work, but in reality, important tasks are ignored, and a sublime sense of achievement takes over, which in reality is just an illusion.
as per neuroscientist earl miller, “our brains are not wired to multitask well…when people think they’re multitasking, they’re actually just switching from one task to another very rapidly. and every time they do, there’s a cognitive cost.”
in fact, as per university of london research, IQ level of the multitasker drops considerably, as the brain switches to simultaneous tasks at the same instant, thereby losing focus and concentration.
in other words, multitasking slowly but gradually kills our brain.
in order to accomplish more, and to lead a balanced life, it is very important to stop multitasking, and to convert into uni-task mode. but, multitasking is a habit, which becomes addictive very soon.
here are 7 hacks, using which any entrepreneur or an artist, professional can stop multitasking, and become more productive, creative and intelligent:
hack 1: avoid gadgets as soon as you wake up in the morning
the first few hours after you get up in the morning are the most important hours for any person. during this time, the mind is clutter free, razor sharp with focus and fresh after the night’s rest. if you immediately start checking your emails, or facebook comments, then the mind will lose that edge, and transform into the ‘reactive’ state.
and this means, that instead of retrospecting the possibilities of the day, your mind will convert into the vicious cycle of multitasking, replying to emails, checking social media posts, reading news and more.
for the first couple of hours, do some exercises, think into the pending tasks, have a walk, and just relax; allow your mind the luxury of silence.
hack 2: control those notifications & urge to open social media every 5 seconds
one of the key ingredients which encourage and incite multitasking is the dopamine hormone, which allows us to feel joy and happiness. when we accomplish any task, the brain secretes dopamine hormone, and we feel pleasure.
now, when our brain received dopamine even after checking that notification and reading a new mail, then the situation turns bad. it destroys our productivity. in the ideal case, the task which secretes dopamine hormone should be those tasks and activities which contribute towards your work and productivity.
there are tools and apps available, which can restrict your usage of social media, which can block the notifications and ‘pings’ for a certain amount of time, and these tools can be very handy in stopping multitasking.
but, of course, there should be a strong will, as well.
hack 3: prioritize your tasks & stick with them
the good ol’ to-do list is one of the most important tools you will ever find, when it comes to eliminating multitasking from your life, forever.
the ideal time to create a to-do list is early in the morning, after you get up. instead of checking emails and facebook/twitter to get that dopamine rush, try to sit calmly, and create to-do list for the day.
and within that list, prioritize your tasks, based on the importance, and stick with the list for the whole day. remember, things can be either urgent or important, and this means that not all urgent tasks are important, and not every important task is urgent.
ruthlessly stick with the prioritization of tasks, and kill multitasking, once for all.
hack 4: learn to say no
often it has been seen, that the person who is not able to say no, unknowingly falls into the trap of multitasking. as he (or she) has said yes, hence committed to a task, he will get stuck in the vicious cycle of unproductivity, and waste time in activities which will not help him in achieving his life’s goals.
learning to say no will help you in the longer run, and assist you in focusing on those activities, which truly matter.