Become an achieving machine.

How to get things done faster:

Juggling my Pilates and coaching business, plus running Pilates with Purpose on the side, it’s needless to say that I am constantly trying to multitask. I started noticing that on days when I was pushing to keep up with tasks for all 3 of these, I’d feel quite stressed out at night and would usually have a bad night’s sleep.

We live in a very fast paced world where you’ll often hear people brag about how good they are at multitasking. After doing a little bit of research, I have learned that multitasking is not as good as we thought. For example: according to an article published in Forbes magazine  multitasking leads to a drop in your IQ. That’s right – it actually makes you dumb. Urm, no thanks! I need all the brain cells I can get.

I have adjusted the way I work and here’s a few tips that have really helped me to stay focused and get more done in less time:

  1. Prioritize: Make a list of the most important things that absolutely need to get done. As your day goes on and more to-do’s arrive, make sure you keep prioritizing your list and focus on the urgent and important things. Add everything else to the bottom of that list for later.
  2. Work on only one thing: Work and finish one task at a time before you move on to the next thing.  According to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, when you multitask it actually slows you down.
  3. Turn it off: Turn off all push notifications on any of your electronic devices. Hearing all those bells and whistles is addicting to your brain – you can’t resist to it. Before you know it you’re distracted, off target and falling behind on the day’s urgent tasks. Read this article from Physiology Today for more on how this works.
  4. Boundaries: Set strict timelines as to when you’ll check and respond to messages and stick to it. For example, I try and get most of my emails done while I commute. Checking your email and responding to everything immediately distracts you and ultimately slows you down from getting things done faster.

Remember, practice makes perfect. Come up with a plan that can work for your unique situation. When you falter, don’t beat yourself up – just try and do better next time! What’s your secrets to staying productive and getting things done efficiently? Tell me in the comments below, I’d love to get your tips!