5 Ways to Do Less and Accomplish More
Posted On Apr 11, 2016
“They’re (media multitaskers) suckers for irrelevancy. Everything distracts them” – Professor Clifford Nass
Stanford researchers have proven that multitasking with multiple streams of electronic information can harm our cognitive control. A series of three tests were done on 100 students that were separated into two groups: high multitaskers and low multitaskers. They have found that high multitaskers do not pay close attention to the task at hand, regulate their memory, or transition from task to task as well as low multitaskers do. As a high multitasker myself, I have found a few practices that can help us focus more and add to our list of accomplishments.
5 Ways to Do Less and Accomplish More:
- Separate Work and Play.
Keep work at work and home at home. Having an office outside of your home is ideal for those who get distracted easily. If you have to work from home, creating an office space or going to the library will create a productive setting with, hopefully, less procrastination. This can help us keep our mind on just work and leave social media or anything personal for later.
- Plan Your Day/Week/Month.
Owning a scheduler and planning out each day can help you focus on one task at a time. Doing so can help waste less time and help organize priorities.
- Clean Your Room.
Clutter reflects what’s going on in your brain. You’ll notice that your thoughts won’t feel so jumbled up when your room is clean. It’s less distracting when it comes time to get tasks done.
- Develop Routines.
Routines are great for cognitive control. They do not require much thinking and can help us transition from task to task seamlessly. Not much effort or decision-making is needed. Get things done without thinking about them!
- Don’t forget about “Me time”.
Daily meditation, exercising, or participating in a hobby can clear our minds after an overwhelming day. Pro-activity comes in the best form when we are empowered and ready to scratch those items off our to-do lists. It is also important to put yourself first and stay healthy. Sick days affect our time management and will make you feel overwhelmed when important tasks are put off to the next day.
Let’s show Professor Clifford Nass that we are not suckers! What are some of your best practices for accomplishing more? Comment down below!