I can say with almost certainty that in 9 out of 10 interviews, the interviewee states that one of their strengths is that they are “good” at multitasking. It’s become a buzz word only used in the positive sense. Multitasking is simply defined as ‘dealing with more than one task at the same time.’ We’ve glorified it as an ideal attribute and as something we look for in potential employees.
I’m here to flip your world upside down. Simply put, multitasking is bad (for the most part). Dreadful. Awful. Lousy. We need to rewrite the narrative. I know I know, you’re thinking, not possible. It definitely requires a mindset shift, but you can be the change!
Research points to the multiple issues multitasking can create. From diminishing the effectiveness of one's brain, to literally and directly impacting your budget, multitasking is not the unsung hero we all make it out to be.
With the right strategies in place, we can lessen the toll that multitasking takes on our coworkers, our budgets, and our client relationships. By virtue of eliminating the level of multitasking we see in today's day and age, the amount of rework that is needed disappears, we decrease the impact of context switching, etc. This then leads us to healthier budgets and happier clients!
In this session, I will cover tips and tools for how to overcome the the feeling that we constantly have to multitask or we aren’t productive. I will cover strategies that we, as PM’s, can use to resist the urge to multitask. And thus promote that behavior with the rest of our teams as well. The data tells it all, there are benefits to avoiding multitasking. I’m here to show you how that can be done.