The way you work will have a significant impact to your effectiveness, productivity and stress levels. The concept of multi-tasking which is doing multiple things at the same time (often characterized by women) is usually thought of as being an effective way of working, but in fact the opposite is true. The brain doesn’t perform well when trying to multi-task and this leads to overload and stress. The key to effective working is actually to separate and prioritize your tasks and then work on the highest priority tasks one at a time. This makes best use of the 80-20 rule, which is you should spend 80% of your time on the top 20% of tasks. Always ask yourself “what is the most valuable use of my time right now?”. This is a great question because it gets you to focus on what will make a significant difference in your life. If you can delegate your other tasks, this results in optimum efficiency in your life. Sports people are a great example of being focused; they just focus on one thing and their results show that they will excel in their performance of that one task. You too should focus on doing one thing at a time, and once that is achieved, you can check it off your list and move onto the next high priority task.
This advice is especially useful if you are working from home as you may encounter distractions which you wouldn’t usually face in a traditional office environment. Click here or on the picture below to find out about more information from Judy Heminsley who knows exactly how to effectively work from home.