Teacher's Article

THE ART OF MULTITASKING

In our fast-paced, sensory-overloaded modern world, the ability to multitask seems like an essential skill if you want to survive and thrive. Juggling multiple ideas, tasks, conversations and streams of attention has been considered an invaluable skill for professionals for many years, but has it all been a hoax? Can human beings actually divide their attention and take care of two things at once? What about three or four? Is it truly possible to multitask?Yes….

‘Multitasking’ was originally used to describe computers performing multiple tasks at the same time. When it’s used in the human context, it describes the ability to juggle two or more different activities at the same time. Most people do it without realising it. For example, sending texts while you are watching TV or listening to music while working.

No matter what the origins of multitasking, it’s still a useful and must-have skill in today’s fast-paced working environments.

The good news is that there are simple ways to boost your multitasking skills. Both internal and external effects can cause you to improve your multitasking abilities.

Make a to-do list-Writing down what you need to do every day helps you stay alert and remember important tasks you have to complete. There are tons of time management and productivity apps like Ever note and Pocket that can be helpful.A flawless to-do list is one of the keys to good multitasking. And the secret behind it is a thorough understanding of the differences between urgent (tight deadlines) and important (long-term sustainability) matters

Put priorities-Setting priorities is the best predictor of success. 

Work on similar tasks--One way to easily switch between activities is to choose to work on similar tasks or activities that are related to each other.

Avoid distractions-If you want to be at your best, you need to avoid any distractions getting in the way of doing things. Interruptions can easily mess with your schedule, and this is why it’s important to find a place that you can work the way you want, without any background noise.

Learn to concentrate--Concentration is fundamental to multitasking. Productive people focus entirely on what they are doing in each given moment, then switch tasks. If it sounds difficult to you, here are some suggestions on how to accomplish it:

Work on your willpower: Procrastination can make you waste time between assignments, especially if you don’t have a deadline coming soon. Make sure you know the importance of what you are doing, even if you need to set reminders on your phone.

Try some meditation: Meditation is known for its ability to improve focus. There are several apps with great suggestions that can help you with it so that you won’t be bored – staying in silence in a dark room while paying attention to your breath is just one of its techniques.

Delegate tasks--give you enough time to put 100 percent of your focus into the most important tasks. 

Plan ahead--For better performance, it’s a good idea to start with the most demanding tasks first. Then fill in the gaps with shorter, well-defined or self-contained tasks. Just make sure to allow extra time to work on the activity and make plans on how to resolve other issues that require your attention. To help yourself out, gather available resources that will prove useful for later.

Anyone can be a great multi-tasker, but you need to remember that multi-tasking does not mean doing a number of tasks at the same time. It means having the flexibility to switch between tasks quickly and easily when it is appropriate to do so and having the ability to focus enough time and attention on each single task to get it done to a high standard.  
Multi-taskers are able to prioritise their workload to ensure that high priority tasks are completed quickly without neglecting low priority tasks, and they understand that fitting quick requests from co-workers in between other tasks will allow everyone to work more productively and will benefit the business as a whole.

So remember- “Multi-tasking isn’t just an addiction for the short-attention-spanned among us; it’s crucial to survival in today’s workplace.”

                                                            By- Mrs. Komal Sharma

                                                            ( PGT ENGLISH)