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Multitasking is nothing new: it’s the action of switching quickly between different tasks. But in contemporary times, it’s become more and more expected – at a faster speed and higher frequency – in both work and personal life. Just in the face of an ever-increasing number of communication vehicles (talking, telephones, letters, email, mobile phones, texting, social media, video conferencing, etc.), it’s expected that we remain accessible to everyone all the time – because we can be; because we fall behind when we aren’t.
It’s been proven, though, that people slow down when switching from task to task – especially when those tasks involve different approaches (like switching from counting to shape-recognition or spatial arrangement). And, in a recent study published in BMC Psychology, men – more so than women – were found to struggle with multitasking; their response times slowing when new and different tasks were put before them. While other multitasking studies have yielded different results when it comes to gender (based on the nature of the tasks involved), they all illustrate that there are natural differences in the ways we approach problem solving and the completion of tasks.
So we’re faced with a dilemma: how do we keep up? As multitasking becomes more important, how do we maintain a high level of performance while completing many and disparate tasks?
It may not come naturally to everyone, but it is certainly possible. Effective prioritization and time management are learnable (and teachable) skills that everyone can develop. Even though everyone’s job (and brain) is different, there are common methods we can all use to improve our productivity.
Time-management training is an investment, not only in individual employees, but in the overall success of an organization. It reminds people that “better” is always possible and that reflection, self-evaluation, and planning are necessary and integral parts of performance. Our most complex – and even our most banal – processes can always be made more efficient; and the Reproducible Training Library is here to aid in that improvement!
The Reproducible Training Library is experiential learning in its most accessible and effective form. Delivered to you as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint files, this customizable courseware is immediately deployable to participants. With five time-management training programs to choose from, among its 75 total programs, the Library covers all the bases for soft-skills development in any organization.
Based on in-depth research conducted by subject-matter experts, the Reproducible Training Library provides proven methods for efficient and effective behaviors, no matter how much you have on your plate.
So answer that phone! Read those emails! And get things done while you’re at it. Try the Reproducible Training Library today!