My day at work is probably similar to many of you reading this.
I work at a desk with two screens; one is my laptop, the other is a secondary monitor. I'm sure the goal of this is enable higher productivity. What it often does for me is get my distracted. Often times I pride myself on my multitasking abilities, but these days I've found that I feel like my day has a long list of to-dos and little time to get that stuff done and do the things that I want to be doing.
Today, in one of my multitasking moments I watched a video about monotasking. The work is pretty self-explanatory. It's telling me I should focus on one thing at a time (by the way: even as I wrote this, I answered an IM and was snacking on food. This video couldn't have come at a better time). Part of the way through the video it shows a time-lapse video of someone at their desk during the day and shows the statistic that throughout the work day people can make around 400 different decisions by trying to multitask. And they're not life and death, dramatic decisions. It's people deciding that they're going to work on a document, and then switch to their browser, check their email, their phone buzzed, someone tweeted them, and other decisions like that over and over throughout the day.
(Again, I got distracted. My phone buzzed. Checked email, then Facebook. Now back to writing). All of this takes a toll on your brain. Ever get to the end of the day and someone asks you what you want for dinner and you literally do not have the capacity to provide a coherent answer? That's because you've, essentially, used all of your allotted decisions. Psychologists call this decision fatigue. Monotasking is looking to limit your decision fatigue.
Personally, I know I've been feeling this a lot lately (this may have something to do with recently getting married and wrapping up the final lose ends of that to-do lists). After seeing this video and forcing myself to think about the subject a bit, I've decided that I'm going to make a conscious effort to move towards monotasking.
My current thoughts on how to do this:
This self-reflection came at a pretty good time for me as Reese and I are spending the weekend relaxing. I can use some of that time to get my life sorted out into lists and hopefully have a crazy productive week next week.
Anyone else game for some monotasking?