Saturday, November 18, 2017

Multitasking Reduces Output - by Gary North

Pareto's 20/80 law says that 20% of your effort produces 80% of the value of your output. Conclusion: focus on this 20%.

If you are focusing, you are not multitasking.

Rev. Tim Stevens is the author of several books on leadership. He offers lots of simple but practical advice.

In a recent email, he extracted a section from his book, "Fairness Is Overrated," which I read a week ago. He talks about meetings where people keep picking up their smart phones. They are not really engaged with the meeting. So, why hold the meeting?

This triggered a thought: "If you are multitasking, neither task is important." Anything not worth a tight focus is not important. Postpone it.

Here is his recommendation: everyone at a meeting should turn off his smart phone, including the vibrating silent ringer. Pay attention. As he says, "Be where you are."

Gary "I Never Answer My Phone" North