There are leaders and there are extremely effective leaders. What is the difference between them? What sets effective leaders apart from the ordinary leaders? It is their ability to do one thing at a time.
Until a few a years ago, people who could multitask were given a lot of hype. Experts said that multitasking has become a way of life and in order to survive in this world of competition, multitasking was a must. This is far from the truth especially now that almost everyone has started multitasking. In fact, things have gotten so bad that multitasking is affecting their work negatively. That is why the need of the hour is to take one step at a time instead of piling your desk with numerous things to do at once.
If you have a lot of work, you should spread it out through the day based on priority. Your morning hours should be devoted to the most important jobs and you shouldn’t do more than 3 high-priority tasks at this time. Shut out all distractions so that you concentrate and come up with highly productive results. Do not let the new issues entangle you while you work on your old tasks. Take it slow. Here you may be confused between tasks that are highly important and tasks that are urgent. Make a list of each and cross compare to prioritize your work. That will make things easier.
One of the main reasons why many leaders are forced to multitask even though they don’t want to is that they say yes to everything. No matter what comes their way, they lack the skill of refusing, which is why they end up taxing themselves to such an extent that their productivity decreases. That is why, in order to stay focused, we advise that you learn to say no. If you can’t say no or if the task is quite important, we suggest delegation. Trying to do everything at once will make you highly ineffective. When you start avoiding these blunders in leadership, you will automatically be more effective and your productivity will go up.
Multitasking divides attention and does not let you concentrate on either of the tasks you are trying to accomplish. Spreading the work and focusing on one thing at a time will boost your effectiveness and reduce your burden as well.
Multitasking, as opposed to the previous belief, hampers effectiveness. That is why you should learn to focus on one thing at a time. If there’s too much work, we suggest that you delegate it or refuse.