Person to Person: Hey! Give Friends, Family Your Full Attention

By Judi Light Hopson, Emma H. Hopson and Ted Hagen
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Wellness experts say one of the biggest reasons to stop multi-tasking is that it’s very mentally draining to you. To prove that FOCUS works better, Judi, Emma and Ted have a few practical suggestions you may want to try over the following this week, (For example: Setting a very short deadlines for chores)

Tribune News Service

Do your to-do lists for both home and work run on endlessly? Do you wonder how you’ll chisel them down to size?

Maybe you’ve tried a few tricks, but one of your favorite coping tools might be multi-tasking. Doing two or three things at once might be second-nature to you.

While this can work at times, it pays to focus more and jump around less. Friend, family and co-workers will feel slighted, if you fail to give them their due attention.

“Our business associates can notice the juggling approach, too,” says a realtor we’ll call Andrea.

“I once held an open house for a client and planned a wedding over the phone simultaneously. My client got angry when she heard me on the phone, and fired me on the spot!”

A friend of ours we’ll call Phillip says he tried to conduct business calls on his honeymoon.

“My bride works in my office, so she understood,” Phillip told us. “But, as I think back, that was an utterly dumb thing to do!”

One of the biggest reasons to stop multi-tasking so much, however, is that it’s very mentally draining to you. To prove that focus works better, try the following this week:

-Set very short deadlines for chores. For example, give yourself five minutes to load the dishwasher before leaving for work. Don’t do anything else in between. Or, change the print cartridge before you leave the office, no excuses. Notice how quickly you can accomplish something if you don’t get sidetracked.

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