Summary:

Nowadays everyone is familiar with the term “multitasking”. The truth is that we rarely perform two tasks well when we try to do them at the same time - particularly if each task is complex or requires focused attention. Most jobs demand that you learn to juggle tasks well. Regardless of whether you are a leader or a team member there will be moments in your day when you have to deal with multiple tasks in a very short amount of time.

6 Ways to Improve your Task-Juggling Abilities

Nowadays everyone is familiar with the term “multitasking”. The truth is that we rarely perform two tasks well when we try to do them at the same time - particularly if each task is complex or requires focused attention. Most jobs demand that you learn to juggle tasks well. Regardless of whether you are a leader or a team member there will be moments in your day when you have to deal with multiple tasks in a very short amount of time. 

Task-juggling is an important and valuable skill that should be maximized whenever it is possible. That is why we are sharing with you 6 ways to maximize your productivity and success by improving your task-juggling skills.


1.- Accept your limits

To be able to juggle successfully you need to be aware of what your limitations are. You can’t control everything, your day has only 24 hours, and your budget is limited. Basically, you have to learn to work well with what you have. Step 1 requires you to draw a realistic line between what it is that you can achieve and what it is that you can’t.


2.- Make a to-do list.

Having a list of what tasks you need to complete will help you get a better idea of what you have to do, and it will help you develop a strategy for the best way to manage them. To juggle well, understand the scope of what it is that you need to accomplish by regularly adjusting your to-do list, as the demands of your job shift throughout the day/week.


3.- Prioritize.

When you are juggling multiple items and trying to do as many as you can in the shortest amount of time possible, you may underestimate the importance of some items. Not all of your task items are of the same urgency or importance, there will be some that require extra attention. So before you start to juggle, make sure you know what tasks are priorities and which ones will require more effort and attention from you.


4.- Avoid distractions

This one is kind of obvious. The more distractions you have the more your work will be affected.

Before you start juggling, take a look at your work environment and minimize potential distractions. Getting distracted on occasion is not something to worry about, but problems do tend to develop and affect productivity when distractions develop into constant interruptions.


5.- Take breaks

Well-developed task-juggling abilities include scheduling in time for recovery. As important as it is to work hard and work well, taking breaks in between blocks of work tasks can help your overall productivity. Taking breaks is a proven way to reboot your mind and body so that you can get back to your work tasks feeling refreshed. Your body requires (and will also thank you) for the opportunity to move around and stretch some of your muscles throughout the day.


6.- Practice.


Like everything else in life, most people only get good at doing something with practice. The more familiar you are with a specific activity, the better you will do it.  Well, the same goes for task-juggling - the more you do it, the better you will become! Try out various methods. Ask people who are great at juggling for tips on how they manage their challenges. Monitor your progress and how modifications to your approach serve you better.

Now more than ever, task-juggling is an essential skill for all types of professionals to be able to maximize their results while maintaining an efficient working pace and overall enthusiasm for what they are doing. 

Regardless of how good you get at task-juggling, nothing replaces prolonged attention while working on one task at a time. Be sure to block off some time in your calendar every week for 

undisturbed work time. Some tasks require your undivided attention, not for just a few minutes at a time, but for an extended period of time. 

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