Can’t pass up the opportunity to share another post that’s getting in on the "multitasking versus no multitasking" debate.
Check out this post from Dan Bobinski over at Management Issues. He received a comment challenging his opinion and he does a good job sorting through all the pros and cons. Dan offers up some great links to research, too.
Love this part…
After a little investigation it’s little wonder these people view
e-mail as a monster. When I visit their office I watch their thought
processes get interrupted by the incessant little "ding" of Microsoft
Outlook telling them a new e-mail has arrived. Even more amazing is how
often these people actually stop what they’re doing and open the
e-mail, even if it’s low priority and has nothing to do with their task
Essentially, instead of being proactive and responsible
using e-mail as a tool, they’ve become like Pavlov’s dog, salivating
every time they hear their e-mail bell.
How to handle the e-mail
monster? Unless your job is similar to that of a stockbroker in which
the timeliness of getting information is paramount, turn off the e-mail
program and get some work done that makes money for your company. If
something is so urgent that we can’t wait two or three hours for a
response, we all know how to pick up the phone.
I agree! I have to turn off my email when I need to write, otherwise my mind gets sidetracked each time my Mac goes "ding!" Even if I turn the speakers down, the corner of my eye catches the little red circle on the email shortcut that tells me I have new mail.
- What if it is the President?
- What if it’s an email from Tom Peters saying he loves my new book?
- What if I have just won $4,000,000,000,000 and all I have to do is wire a few thousand bucks to a foriegn bank account to claim it?
- What if I am outbid for the purple motorcycle tank bag on eBay?
Gotta turn the email off……..
There has been a lot of blog space dedicated to the topic of multitasking lately and I am wondering if it has changed anyone’s habits or daily practices…. Let me know with a comment or email.