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  • Writer's pictureMichele Andorfer

How to Break the Multitasking Habit

Multitasking is great, right? Not really! Studies have shown that multitasking is actually costing us in the long run. When we try to make our brain do too many things at once, it gets overwhelmed. By trying to accomplish everything, we end up taking longer to accomplish anything!


If you want to push that needle forward on your goals for 2024, without burning yourself out, there’s one thing you need to say goodbye to: multitasking.


Find More Clarity by Eliminating Multitasking

“Multitasking” has a reputation of helping us achieve more with less. But the truth is, it’s doing more harm than good.


One of the ways that it’s hurting you is that it doesn’t allow you to find clarity in your life. When you’re running from task to task and trying to do everything in between, you aren’t able to focus on each task independently. If you were, you would be able to figure out which tasks you truly enjoy and want to spend more time doing. That’s the clarity we all want in our lives.


Tips to Break the Multitasking Habit


If you’re ready to say goodbye to multitasking once and for all, I can help! Here are some of my favorite tips on how to break the habit.


Focus On One Task at a Time

It might seem appealing to knock out three things on your to-do list at once but the truth is, if you are trying to write an email, having the TV on or your email open is pulling your focus away. The constant interruptions will end up taking you longer to write the email than if you just sat down, put the distractions away, and wrote the email.


Allow Yourself Some Time Without Your Phone

Do you check your phone first thing in the morning? A lot of people do! We like to see what we missed overnight and get a grasp on what is on deck for our day ahead. We feel like doing this is preparing us - but it actually could be causing more stress and putting you in a reactive mode. You’re focused more on putting fires out than developing a strategy to get everything done in an appropriate amount of time.


Instead of firing yourself up so early in the morning, take some time to allow yourself to fully wake up. Get a workout in. Take a shower. Eat breakfast. And then, when you’re mentally ready, you can jump into your to-do list.


Say No

“No” is a full sentence - and sometimes, you’re going to have to rely on it. Multitasking often happens when you have too much on your plate. 


Try to get ahead of this by saying no to offers that you truly do not have time for. Accepting every single thing is a recipe for disaster. It’s called self-sabotage!


Block Out Mobile Distractions

Phone notifications can be a great way to keep a pulse on what’s going on around you but if those notifications are taking your mind away from the tasks at hand, turn them off.


I like to put my phone on Do Not Disturb when I’m doing something that will take a lot of mental energy, like writing a blog or developing a coaching plan for a client. It allows me to devote my full attention to the task at hand, resulting in a higher-quality product and less stress for me!


So, tell me. Which tip are you going to try first as you work your way toward lasting change by eliminating multitasking?


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