I'm an incredible mulittasker. Well, I'd like to think I am. But I'm coming to believe that while, yes, I have a lot of things on my mind and am constantly juggling multiple tasks, my level of productivity and execution is terribly diminished.
This is actually a topic for a broader discussion, but I'm not good at being in the present. Right here. Right now. But my kids, wife, collegues, employees, friends, etc. deserve it. I've been working on this for years and, honestly, I still suck at it. But, those who can be in the present have an amazing gift.
- When on a conference call, close your laptop.
- When someone asks you a question, stop what you're doing and engage.
- When going to eat lunch or dinner, leave the cell phone in the car.
You'll be amazed at how much more connected you'll be by actually disconnecting from all the noise.
Check out this article: http://blogs.hbr.org/schwartz/2012/03/the-magic-of-doing-one-thing-a.html