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Business Mums Conference

For those of you in Australia, the inaugural Business Mums Conference is being held in Melbourne next weekend – 8th & 9th September. It is shaping up to be one heck of a conference with several fantastic speakers, forums, business expo and, of course, lots of great people to meet!

For more information, visit the Business Mums website. (Dad’s are welcome too!)

Time to stop multi-tasking

I remember when I worked for an employee in the late ’80s/early ’90s and the newest craze was “multi-tasking”. Everyone was doing it. No longer was a person responsible for a particular job; instead, each employee was being trained in all jobs classified at the same level. You would do 3 months in one job then everyone rotated and would spend the next 3 months in another job. This was so we could learn the benefits and joys of “multi-tasking”.  I hated it.

We would also pride ourselves on being able to work on several projects at one time.

Gone are those days. Well, in my office at least. Sure, I can still cook dinner while ironing clothes and replying to emails or returning phone calls… even with a toddler on my hip. But generally speaking, I’ve learnt the importance of focusing on one task/project at a time. By focusing 100% on the article I’m writing (or whatever task it is), that is the only thing that gets my attention. No checking emails whenever I hear the ‘ping’ of a new message arriving; no getting sidetracked on the net while researching; just 100% focus on the job at hand.

Similarly, when I am taking time off for family/personal reasons, I’m 100% focused on relaxing or playing games or whatever, not going off to my computer every couple of hours.

This isn’t always possible to do – sometimes you need to stop what you’re doing to deal with an urgent matter – but this focused attention is what really works for me.

If you are a multi-tasker, try to change that, even just for a trial period. You may be surprised by how well the “focused-tasking” works.

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