Multitasking the Right Way: How You Can Make the Most of Your Time
Changing Multitasking to Successful Layering
Use Different Stimuli
Try doing tasks that involve two types of stimuli, such as visual and auditory tasks. If you try to do two visual tasks at the same time, such as sending an email while writing an article, your brain can get overwhelmed. This can slow down your productivity. Instead, try “layering” which involves choosing tasks that utilize different types of stimuli. Layering allows you to combine one task with another, based on the different channels of mental functioning they require. We are talking about visual, auditory, manual, and language.
Multitasking only works efficiently when multiple simple tasks operate on entirely different channels.
If it seems as though you never have time to clean your house, exercise, connect with friends, or deal with important issues, try the layering techniques below.
Final Bonus Tip: Carry pen and a small notepad with you at all times – oh the benefits of a purse! This way you can jot down ideas and solutions the minute you think of them. Reviewing information before beginning a task can maximize your effectiveness.