Many of the women today that do not have biological and/or adopted children are professionals and many are single. More important than our mothers’ and grandmothers’ generation, has been the necessity to be able to support ourselves successfully, with or without a partner. Living in Los Angeles, I am surrounded buy a sea of incredibly talented woman, many of which got off the corporate gerbil wheel just to get on the entrepreneurial one….(good for us?). I think “Yes” but I also think I/we need to sloooooow down, and remember to take one breath and one step at a time …and oh yea… let’s not forget our pamper and play time in between shall we?
One of the strategies to not spread ourselves too thin is to re-purpose what we’ve already completed. Blog posts are a good example. Trying to practice what I preach here …so here’s one from my drmarcycole.com site…hope you find it useful!
Multi-Tasking Mis-manages Your Business!
The law of attraction instills the idea that what we focus on expands.
So the concept of what constitutes optimal productivity has seemed to come up everywhere lately. Just in time…since I have been feeling way more scattered, forgetful and overwhelmed with the “to do” list and multiple projects on which I am working.
I invited Certified Productivity Coach Caroline Donahue to our First Tuesday Womens’ Group Professional Lecture Series (FirstTuesdayLA.com). She took us through a series of exercises, where we focused first on one thing at a time and then on multiple things. I was blown away when I was focusing on multiple things, how my mind got confused while my hands felt like they were writing in slow motion!
In O Magazine’s November 2010 issue, I read an article called “Plugging IN” by Catherine Price, who shared how she quit her multitasking habit and regained her focus – one single task at a time. She quoted Ada Gazzaley, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurology, physiology,and psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco: “We’re all novelty junkies and multitasking is a great way to get a fix.”
Maybe, like me, you relate to having thought with pride: “I’m a great at multi-tasker!” Price pointed out how “recent evidence suggests that multitasking with unrelated activities can impair short-term memory and interference with mental processing.” So no wonder I’ve been having trouble remembering the author’s name I was just reading! I thought I was managing time wisely by “killing 2 tasks at the same time,” but actually it slowed up my brain and productivity for way too long.
So here I go…ending 2011 and beginning 2012…”trying” to focus on one business call, one email, one article, one meeting, one brilliant idea, one “something” at a time.
Wanna join me? Let’s finish one task before beginning another. I’ll begin by beginning and completing one blog post rather than having 5 going at one time that are half done…that’s the ticket!
See you on the other side of Powerful Productivity. Let’s rock it!