What does it mean?
Digital Culture, We are often used to managing several activities simultaneously and defining ourselves as “strong” when we manage to be quick in the contemporaneity of responses.
Whether it is a response to an email or a phone call, whether it is the purchase of an item on e-Commerce or the booking of a trip, we are always looking for a click that generates benefit and are distracted by the simplicity of use to such an extent. To want to do everything at the same time.
Our new habits bring us back towards a sort of return to the brain activity of the type: “Stimulus-Response” out of any act of interpretation. Digital and access to “rapid applications” thus form two interpretations of time in people. The first is that “it is always too little” and “there is never time” to do everything in reference to the infinite choice of possible services to be used; the second is that everything could be done in reference to the simplicity and speed of use of applications.
This problem manifests itself in most cases in professional contexts, where several activities are carried out at the same time, losing sight of the right priorities.
This is a conflict that can only be resolved with an awareness that lies in the attribution of the right weight and value to the activities that must be carried out.
We are often used to managing several activities simultaneously and defining ourselves as “strong” when we manage to be quick in the contemporaneity of responses.
Here are 5 tips to make the most of time and not sink into the grip of multitasking.
Use a task management application.
Making a list of priority tasks to be done will help you give the right weight to your commitments. There are many; I recommend a really simple and functional one: Wunderlist.
Set your smartphone to silent.
Interruptions from the outside slow down your concentration by more than 30%, not to mention the “chain distractions” that arise as soon as your main activity is interrupted.
Do not read emails
The desire to reply to a read email will bite your concentration. If you are focused on a specific activity, avoid subjecting yourself to new stimuli that tease the response. Finish a business and then take a look at who’s looking for you.
Cancel the idea that you have superpowers for which you can respond to posts on Facebook at the same time as when you work. Nothing is more impossible. Creative response activity stimulates another brain hemisphere. Reserve a space of time dedicated to reading and writing on social networks.
Read more books
We are used to reading short posts and short articles; we are used to listening to short conversations and searching for quick volatile information because they are voracious for information consumption. Reading a book (from start to finish) will give you a greater perception of time and will give you a wonderful feeling of the “end of an activity” marked by a beginning and an end.
And you? Can you suggest other tips to make the most of time and avoid distractions? Tell us yours.