How to Master “Single-Tasking”

Multitasking used to be considered the most effective way to save time and accomplish more at work, but recent research has found that multitasking actually decreases your productivity by up to 40%. As a small business owner, you have a lot on your plate. By focusing on one task at a time, you can increase your productivity and grow your business. Follow these simple steps to master the art of “single-tasking.” 

Plan your Day

A productive day starts with a productive morning. Take some time to write out your tasks for the day and prioritize your obligations. Start by clustering related tasks like phone calls or email together to save time for bigger projects. Make sure you commit to finishing larger tasks before moving on to smaller ones, and you’ll avoid the time wasted by multitasking. 

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Save Time by Outsourcing

As a small business owner, it’s easy to overload your day with various commitments. If you’re struggling to stay on top of your small business’s needs, consider outsourcing tasks like fulfillment, product assembly, and packaging to a third party like Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries. Investing in a trusted partnership can minimize your workload, freeing up more time to focus on your customers. Here at Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries, we have over 100 years of experience helping small businesses like yours. Ask for a free tour of our facilities. 

Take a Break

If you’re always multitasking, you may forget to take breaks throughout the day. Designate a few minutes to turn away from your computer screen or step outside for some fresh air. These little breaks can make you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the next project. When you get back to the keyboard, you may find that you are better able to focus. 

Minimize Distractions

Small interruptions throughout the day can lead to large amounts of lost time. If you find yourself easily distracted by your cell phone or email, make sure you turn off your ringer, text tones and email notifications so you aren’t tempted to multitask. Focus all of your attention on the task at hand, and then give yourself a break to check your phone or email when you’re finished.