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Increase Your Productivity -- Stop Multitasking

Multitasking is less efficient and more complicated.  Zen Habits offers some tips on how NOT to multitask:

  1. Set up to-do lists for different contexts depending on your situation.
  2. Have a capture tool for instant notes.
  3. Have one physical and one email inbox so that all incoming stuff is gathered together in one place.
  4. Plan your day in blocks, with open blocks in between for the unexpected.
  5. First thing in the morning, work on your most important task, and don’t do anything else until this is done.
  6. When you are working on a task in a time block, turn off all other distractions.
  7. If you feel the urge to check your email or switch to another task, stop yourself and get back to the task at hand.
  8. If other things come in while you’re working, put them in the inbox, and get back to the task at hand.
  9. Every now and then, process your notes and inbox.
  10. For truly urgent interruptions, try to make a note of where you are with the task at hand.
  11. Take breaks now and then. Enjoy life.
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