I asked a classroom of leaders what it took to keep up with the demands of leadership.
One leader said, “Multi-tasking.” She explained further, “It means that you can efficiently switch back and forth between various tasks without losing your intention or focus; toggling between tasks.”
This is a great definition of multi-tasking. Leaders often handle many different demands of the workplace, including from team members and customers.
Self-reflection question: How am I doing at toggling between tasks? How can I improve my ability to do this?
1. Before leaving a task, decide to leave it and notice where you left off. Don’t let it be a reaction, but a decision.
2. Keep what you are working on easily accessible; either on your desk or open on your computer.
3. During the brief time you are doing each task, give it your full attention. Whether it is listening to a team member or completing a report, let it be the only thing on your mind.
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