If you only had ninety-minutes to hit a major work deadline, how would you spend that time? Likely, the first thing you would do is shut your door and tell everyone to go away. You would not answer the phone, cruise your social media, send chatty emails, nor decide it was the perfect time to organize your files. Instead, you would become super mission-focused, laser-focused and get busy. By the time the ninetieth minute went tick-tock, you would be done with your work, making your deadline with ease, or at least with greater ease. Because here is the thing, many of us think we can ‘multi-task.’ However, that is a proven fallacy. Your brain can only do one thing at a time.
By focusing your attention, and jamming on one specific project for a solid ninety-minutes, you will accomplish more, more efficiently.
When you are multi-tasking, you are actually causing your attention to shift between tasks, often at the expense of not doing them as well, as fast, as efficiently as you otherwise could have, had you just done one thing before going onto to the next. Our brain simply does not work that way. Some may think they can juggle more than one thing at a time. However, they are still changing their point of focus albeit extremely fast, maybe within a millisecond fast. When you keep shifting focus, you interrupt the brain’s cognitive process, ultimately costing you in more mistakes and overall time to achieve your goal.
Because of something called ‘context switching.’ Your brain is processing information and storing it so one task can be put on hold to do another one. When your mind comes back to the previous task, it can pick up where it left off. This switching back and forth between tasks eventually creates errors. There is not enough attention being given to any one thing.
Now, what if I told you there is a foolproof way to get more done in less time. Actually, I just did.
By focusing your attention, and jamming on one specific project for a solid ninety-minutes, you will accomplish more, more efficiently. On a daily basis, Apple’s genius Steve Jobs was known to spend three hours on THE most important task of his day and look where that got him.
The other part of jamming at work is resting.
After ninety-minutes take a ten to thirty-minute break to recharge. To work at peak levels, your body needs the stretch, and your mind needs the break. This idea is based on the interval training that athletes do. They pump their muscles hard, then rest. Do this with your brain. You will be amazed at what you complete in just one ‘jam session’ at work. You can do this at home too. Indeed, you can apply these sessions to anything you want to get done.
So the suggestion here is that two or three times a day, shut your door, turn off all alarms, buzzers, tweeting things, and start jamming to get the big important stuff done.