I have a trick for you all to try. I have been applying it for quite some time now.
The next time you have to complete a certain set of tasks that are routine or that haven’t been attended to, take a minute and filter what tasks can overlap.
For example, I need to brush my teeth the moment I wake up. However, if I delay that moment by five minutes, which is the total time it takes me to walk to the kitchen and set up the coffee filter on the stove, I can have my coffee ready right as I finish brushing my teeth and washing my face.
Now, if you’re thinking, “What’s new about this? I’ve always managed my time efficiently!”, you should be proud and I am in awe of you. Seriously. If you thought, “That’s genius!”, I’d like to welcome you to my club.
This simple act of making a note of possible overlaps has enhanced the way I approach most of what I do now, not just the routine tasks and chores. I am able to create a better flow of work, especially when I am working on simultaneous projects. Multi-tasking now has a simpler definition in my head; it has transformed from doing everything all at once to doing everything spread across a specific time frame.
An additional trick is to measure your entire time frame instead of each task individually. The whole is lesser than the sum of its parts in this case. I can’t believe I made a Math reference. I’ll sign off now to let this reference sink in, while you let the tricks sink in.
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I am all about the little things in life!