Learn how multitasking negatively impacts your productivity as a manager, and how setting aside time to focus on humans increases your productivity, respect, and loyalty.
- In my book, The Myth of Multitasking,…I talk about the three negative effects that happen…when we attempt to multitask in our work.…Things take longer, we make more mistakes,…and we increase our stress levels.…However, there is also a fourth effect that occurs…when we attempt to multitask on a human being.…To illustrate this effect, I recommend you do this activity…in an upcoming meeting with your team.…Have people pair up.…One person will talk to the other person for 30 seconds…about a hobby or something that they enjoy.…
Then, switch roles, but this time, for the person…who's listening, have them multitask on the other person,…so they're playing with their phone,…or they're shuffling their papers…while the other person is talking to them…about something that they like.…At the end of that activity ask those who were just speaking…to describe in one word, how did that make you feel…to be multitasked upon?…When I do this in my seminars around the world,…the one word I hear consistently is "Unimportant."…Now imagine, if you started your day, you walked…
In this course, best-selling author Dave Crenshaw offers managers at all levels practical strategies for efficient time management. Dave covers time management best practices for managing people, including delegating tasks, managing expectations, and establishing productive one-on-one meetings. He also provides helpful tips for managing projects, including how to coordinate multiple projects, allocate scarce resources, hold a team accountable to deadlines, and communicate deadline changes when necessary. Additionally, Dave covers how to manage priorities, including using your calendar as a prioritization tool, keeping your meetings action-focused, and shifting priorities when the need arises.
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- Identify how to delegate tasks effectively.
- Manage expectations.
- Invest in a training mindset.
- Successfully coordinate multiple long-term projects.
- Communicate changes to avoid delays.
- Prioritize time between meetings and work.
- Manage your calendar efficiently.
- Balance work and fun.
- Hold others accountable to deadlines.
- Keep meetings action-focused.