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23 Ways to Multitask While Working

Some psychologists and productivity experts have warned against multitasking, based on studies and experiments that have shown poor task performance, while simultaneously doing other tasks. However, multitasking is still very possible and can be very done effectively,  but only if you pick the right tasks. The secret is knowing which types of tasks can be completed effectively and correctly, at the same time.

What is Multitasking?

Multitasking is the ability to perform multiple tasks at the same time.

The honest reality is the most tasks cannot or should not be done at the same time. The easiest example being driving while taking a phone call. It has been proven, time and time again, that your ability to drive is severely impacted when also talking on the phone. That’s why in addition to not recommending driving while talking on the phone, most states have completely outlawed the practice all together.

How to Multitask

Since it’s nearly impossible for your brain to think about two tasks at the same time, it’s important that one of those tasks take little or preferable no brain power.

So, what tasks can you successfully complete at the same time, while working?  The answer to this question is to first combine absolute mindless tasks, or tasks that take little or no brain power, with thoughtful tasks that take thinking, consideration, and attention to detail.

Successful Multitasking = Mindless Tasks + Thoughtful Tasks

Here’s a checklist of mindless tasks that are perfect for multitasking. All of these tasks can be done with little or no brain power.

Mindless Tasks

  • Exercising
  • Eating
  • Walking
  • Traveling
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Doing Laundry

Thoughtful Tasks

  • Meetings
  • Phone Calls
  • Studying for online courses
  • Listening to podcasts or audio books
  • Watching webinars
  • Researching
  • Making checklists
  • Thinking

23 Multitasking Ideas

  1. Exercise + Watching a Webinar
  2. Exercise + Listening to a Podcast or Audiobook
  3. Exercise + Deep Thinking
  4. Walking + Meeting with Colleagues
  5. Walking Your Dog + Making a Work Call
  6. Walking + Thinking
  7. Walking + Making a Checklist
  8. Driving + Listening to a Podcast or Audiobook
  9. Taking Pubic Transportation + Listening to a Podcast or Audiobook
  10. Cooking + Watching a Webinar
  11. Cooking + Listening to a Webinar, Podcast or Audiobook
  12. Cooking + Making a Checklist
  13. Eating Lunch + Watching a Webinar
  14. Eating Lunch + Listening to a Podcast or Audiobook
  15. Eating Lunch + Meeting with Colleagues
  16. Eating + Making a Checklist
  17. Taking a Shower + Mentally Prepping for a Presentation r Meeting
  18. Doing Laundry + Working
  19. Play Solitaire +  Deep Thinking
  20. Cleaning + Making a Checklist
  21. Cleaning + Listening to a Webinar, Podcast or Audiobook
  22. Live Tweeting + Watching a Major Event
  23. Video Recording Yourself + Podcasting

Remember, the trick to multitasking is to combine mindless tasks +thoughtful tasks. Do tasks that take little or no brain power, and combine them with important tasks that require your focus and attention.

And that’s the secret to multitasking while working.

 

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