Organizing Your Mind (hint: it involves less multitasking)

For many entrepreneurs and small business
owners/employees, it may feel like all you’re child Headdoing is multitasking and working on many different projects all at once. With the business world at our fingertips every second through our phones and tablets, it can be easy to get caught up in the world of trying to do too many things at one time. One of the strengths that used to be seen frequently on a resume was the ‘ability to multitask’ but has since shifted to really be the ‘ability to prioritize’ and complete tasks in a timely, organized fashion. Taking on too many things at once can begin to affect the brain, so it’s important to step back and stay organized.

Author of Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life and executive wellness coach Margaret Moore weighs in on the conversation and shares some of the mistakes that can happen when entrepreneurs take on too many things concurrently and some rules to follow to avoid overload.

Handle your emotional frenzy

Moore notes that it is important to be in control of your emotions. If you’re feeling stressed out, you should rest and recharge so that you can be ready to take on even more challenging projects and tasks. Ways to do this can range from exercising your body to mindful practice and just sitting down without your phone or TV on and experiencing a calm and quiet atmosphere.

Maintain focus

Remember to think about the task/goal at hand and stay connected to it by giving it your full attention. If you’re easily distracted by your phone or email, turn them off to help stay focused. Try to complete one task and a time and focus your mind on only that task at hand.

Inevitably, a distraction will come along—be ready to ‘hit the brakes’ and re-evaluate your attention. If this new task takes precedence over the original task at hand, you may need to shift gears and re-focus attention. If it’s not an urgent matter, set it aside and continue to work on the immediate task at hand.

Be ready to shift gears

In order to achieve an organized mind and foster creativity, it is helpful to be able to have not only a functional memory, but the ability to shift gears and be mentally flexible. It’s not always beneficial to focus your mind on a singular, linear path—being able to allow your mind to leap (or even seek out distractions) can be helpful for generating new ideas.

If you have any tips for staying organized or how to avoid overloading yourself by multitasking, please share your story/tips with us.

To read more about the various downfalls of multitasking (and how to stay productive), check out Margaret Moore’s book Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life (2011) or visit the original blog post:

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/12/21/cultivating-an-organized-mind-in-a-sea-of-distractions/

Thanks for reading, and until next time… stay WISE!

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