I see a lot of event professionals working their behinds off, getting really tired and going home with the feeling that nothing is really done.
In the next 5 minutes, you’ll get my best tip on being 300% more productive. Use it too and you’ll be absolutely amazed at how much you get done.
I call it the „One Task Only“ rule.
Here’s a little known fact. Our brain is not capable of doing multiple tasks at one time. It just isn’t. Those that think they can multitask are just switching really fast between tasks. And that’s called wasting time. I’m going to prove it to you with this simple exercise:
Take out 2 pieces of paper, a pen and a timer. Draw 3 columns. In the first column you write „Even numbers 2-24“. In the second „Months of the year“ and the third is titled „Odd numbers 1-23“. Do the same on the second piece of paper. Like this:
- Start your timer and start filling out the columns horizontally as in column 1,2,3 then the next line, till you get to nr. 24.
- Write down the time it took you.
- Then take the second page and start your timer and fill out the columns vertically as in column 1 first then column 2 then 3.
- Again, write down the time it took you.
Which page did you complete faster?
It‘s more fun to do this test with a colleague and see who‘s done first.
Person A starts filling out the columns horizontally as in column 1,2,3 then the next line. Person B fills out the columns vertically as in column 1 first then column 2 then 3.
You see, you just can’t be productive if you’re constantly moving from one task to another. For instance opening a mail you just got while you’re doing the budget. Or constantly being interrupted by others.
I know it’s hard, especially if you’re the one in charge. But try to block out uninterrupted periods where you can actually get something important done without being disturbed. I know it sounds ridiculous, but just try shutting off your phone and all notifications for one hour, while doing the budget or any other important task and I promise you’ll be amazed!
Doing one task at a time is guaranteed to get you home sooner.
Let me know how much more you got done by commenting below.