By: Katie Austin
Do you ever get that overwhelming feeling that you have a lot to do with no time to get it all done? Like you juggle what you can, but items seem to stay on your to-do list? Do you feel frustrated and like you didn’t accomplish anything?
“The fact of the matter is, when I’m on tour, I’m juggling so hard to keep all the balls in the air that I don’t often get to really enjoy what I’m out there doing.” —Amy Grant
I can completely relate to this quote! To piggyback on my New Year’s article, one of the items I hope to tackle this year is my multitasking. I love to multitask since it gives me the feeling that I am getting a lot done. BUT, I occasionally take on too much at once and feel like I spend more time trying to keep those items going rather than focusing to get them done. I juggle work, school, and everything in between, so I need to find a productive way of getting things done.
“I just dropped my iPhone in my soup. I think it might be time to tone down the multitasking.” —Emma Watson
Here is what I found to be helpful in limiting multitasking and finding balance in my life:
- Keep track of what you do. To take control of your multitasking, you have to know where you spend your time. Track what you do each day in 30-minute blocks for one week. Once you have this information, you will be able to see where you can limit multitasking.
- When you do multitask, limit how many items you are juggling. Keep in mind that the fewer the tasks to juggle, the more effective and efficient you will be. This is a hard area for me as I had to stop taking on every task in my to-do list! Now, I go through my list and determine what is a “have to get done” vs. a “want to get done.” From there, I keep my list simple. I focus more on getting one task done and spend less time trying to juggle my time between several tasks at once.
- Find time to NOT multitask. This is so important for you to achieve balance in your life! My family will tell you that I am terrible about sitting through a whole movie without getting up to do laundry or some other task I’m hoping to cross off my list. But since the holidays, this has changed! I now block off time to be present while we watch movies or whatever else we decide to do as a family. I have found time to just “be,” which feels great 🙂
Wishing each of you a great day and I look forward to seeing you back on the Every a Woman Blog.