I’m Done Multi-Tasking!

I’ve discovered something lately.  Multi-tasking is not working for me.  I start on something then flit and float to something else and so on and so on.  The result?  Nothing gets completed!

So I’m trying something new.  Good bye Multi-Tasking.  Hello Chunk Tasking!

Chunk tasking is focusing chunks of your time on a specific task.  This reduces start up time, minimizes distractions and therefore you become more focused and more productive.

I wrote on my list covering one hour and forty-five minutes, chunking my time for each task.  I set my timer, rolled up my sleeves and began.

Here was my plan:

  • 9:15am Kitchen clean up: which meant clutter clean, catch up on dishes, vacuum crumb city under the table, clean the counters and put away all dried dishes.  
  • 9:40am Dining Room (put away all the serving pieces and decorations from the last party)
  • 9:55am Think about and set out serving pieces for next party. (Yes, party central this month!)
  • 10:10am Dust First Floor
  • 10:30am Playtime with Kids (didn’t want them to feel neglected since I was buzzing around)
  • 10:45am Deal with Health Insurance (phone call and assemble receipts to be faxed)

The Result?  Wow!  Got it all done and felt incredible.  I was motivated.  I was focused.  And I finished!  Now, I suppose there are some things I will still do with multi-tasking such as clutter clean when I happen to be on the phone, or clean the bathroom while the kids are in the bath.  But my new best tasking friend is chunking!

I’m setting my timer….Now!

Comments

  1. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately and have struggled to accomplish anything. I’m going to try this!

  2. I completely agree. I get way more accomplished when I focus on one thing at a time. The key is to stop when you have said you will, not when the project is “done” 🙂

  3. LOVE IT KRISTEN!! And I think my husband would agree too because how many unfinished projects does he come home too 🙂 I’ll have to give “Chunking” a try – I think I might just like this much better. Thanks so much for sharing!