Can You Handle Multi-tasking Or Is It Killing Your Success?
This month on the Investor Insights is, Real Estate Investing Business, we are discussing the role of goals and planning in your real estate business. I have a question for you – is multitasking killing your success?
Think about it for a moment. Are you really accomplishing anything when you’re trying to do three things at once? No, you’re not as efficient and you’re likely to forget where you were.
Another question for you – Do you always find yourself starting tasks but never finishing them? This trait is almost a way of life for new business owners and it might be the reason that most businesses fail in the first year.
Craig Jarrow, author of the book Time Management Ninja, wrote a blog post this past week on the art of finishing what you start. He sums up the power of focus in one simple statement: “Lots of people come up with great business ideas. Few people actually make a business a success.”
That’s powerful stuff. To be successful you have to know how to finish what you started. Throughout 2011, I’ve focused on giving Insights readers tips on getting started in the business. But crossing the finish line on your goals is the real success indicator in this and in any business.
Let’s talk about steps you can take toward focusing more on the single task at hand for better productivity and more success.
Get it all out of your head. This focus tool was made famous by David Allen, author of the bestselling book Getting Things Done. His principle is simple – when you get all of the data out of your head you can actually focus on what you’re doing. There’s science to back this up. In a recent Daily Beast article, Joanne Cantor, author of Conquer Cyber Overload, says that the brain’s working memory is limited to seven items at any given time. She says that when we have more than seven bits of info “in our brain’s inbox, the brain struggles to figure out what to keep and what to disregard.”
Turn off the distractions. Smartphones started killing off more of our brain cells when the developers introduced multitasking.