In the time that it takes you to read this blog post you will have emails come in, maybe a text message or two and probably a Facebook update. The million dollar question is: Do you make it to the end of the blog post before checking them, or do you check those things as the alerts pop up and keep coming back to this?
Technology has made it easier than ever to multitask and have several things going at the same time. The reality is that we are lousy at it.
We do it because we think it saves us time, but it actually takes longer and costs us so much more.
If you read this blog post from start to finish without interruptions it takes less than two minutes. If you check a few emails or post a status update on FB in the middle of reading this, chances are it will take you closer to 15 or 20 minutes and you will not be able to tell me what the headline is because you have already forgotten.
Not only does it take longer to complete things when you multitask, it also greatly diminishes the quality of your work. Creating yet another time suck when you have to spend much more time proofing things because you lost your train of thought mid project and went off in a different direction.
For today commit to doing one thing at a time. Resist the urge to stop mid stream and start doing something else. At the end of the day look back and see how making this one small shift affected your ability to actually get more done in less time.