One Task at a Time

Aug 22 2010 Published by under Blogging

Found this great little article about how to maintain in-the-moment focus on individual tasks in order to be a more prolific blogger. [by way of my BloggingPro feed.]

The author describes bloggers who face mounting to-do lists associated with their blogging projects, who must juggle all these tasks with the many responsibilities from their lives beyond blogging. He outlines a plan for “unitasking” – as opposed to multitasking – in the face of so many tasks. A blogger can be overwhelmed by the many tasks required to complete each post and try to tackle them all at once. The author suggests you focus on one task at a time, rather than spread yourself out too thin by trying to touch on several projects simultaneously. Multitasking is Fool’s Gold – on the surface it seems we can complete more work if we tackle our tasks concurrently, but what really happens is we delay completion of each task, and in turn, the larger projects which are they are a part of.

This may seem obvious to some, but the execution of this simple approach to getting work done is difficult in practice for many people. Many of us find it hard to concentrate on any one task long enough to complete it, when we face the totality of all the separate steps related to the projects we juggle. Seeing the trees for the forest, so to speak. Sometimes just a short, simple reminder is enough to keep us focused. The author’s advice in this article is aimed at bloggers, and offers a prescription to balance workflow with life and not become overwhelmed. It also made me think about how the inability to focus on one task at a time affects other aspects of our lives.

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