Writing this I’m actually quite exhausted as it’s been an intense week. Apart from blogging I actually have a 9-5 job, study some random courses at the university, am involved in numerous organizations, got different personal things going on that I go to every week (including for example therapy sessions, more about that later on in the blog as there’s lots going on in my life you don’t have a clue about and I feel I need to fill you in with the gaps bit by bit), as well as trying to maintain some kind of social life and working out to stay healthy. In addition to that I’ve been to London for four days and just spent a few days in Stockholm meeting up with PR-agencies and attending events. Sound intense? It is! So now I’m sitting here in the airport lounge on my way to my grandparents for much needed pampering for four days. I’ll be listing my guidelines to multitasking here. Not saying they’re universal, but they work for me.
- Make sure you get enough sleep. It is recommended that adults sleep approx 7-9 hours a night. Without sleep your brain won’t work in the long run and your brain is kinda crucial for you to be able to carry on with the following points.
- Get organized! I’ll admit I’m a huge control freak, perfectionist and basically impossible to live with due to that. On a more serious note: Write down every appointment, planned phone call, visit to wherever, a coffee with your friend or whatever it might be in your calendar! You need to keep track of things. All of a sudden you find yourself in a situation where you’re no longer in control and you forgot to make that important phone call to your date. And we all know where that ends… (If not, the answer is you’ll end up as that crazy cat lady). You can organize any way you want. You can write down things on post-its, in a calendar, have them on a schedule (kinda like the ones you had in school) or as I do, use an app called iCal which is way much better than the one that comes pre-installed with your iPhone. Besides, it reminds me of things with notifications in case I’ve forgot.
- Take time to reset yourself mentally every now and then. In order to be able to keep your thoughts gathered you need a mental reset once or twice a day. I usually sit down with a huge cup of tea, listen to Japanese meditation music and actually meditate for 20 minutes every day. If that sounds odd, find something else that takes you mind off absolutely everything that’s going on in your head. Go for a quick run, watch videos on youtube (don’t get stuck there though), take a power nap. Whatever suits you best, do it.
- Don’t procrastinate! Every multitasker has deadlines. You need to separate the different deadlines and prioritize which one needs your attention immediately and which one can wait a bit longer and then get to it right away. Until you’re done with your project whatever it may be, there’s no procrastinating. If one thing is left a bit behind and hidden in the back of your head it’s all gonna come to a major crash with multiple simultaneous deadlines. The lesson being; Always set your mind to finishing something right away instead of waiting until the end of the deadline.
- Enjoy life! After all, enjoying life is why we work hard and multitask. If you don’t enjoy life, then what is the meaning of multitasking. There’s got to be a goal or a reason you’re doing it. For me the goal is to be able to enjoy life to the fullest. I fill my evenings with dinners with friends, going to the movies, concerts or just spending quality time with people who matter to me. Or, if you’re a lone wolf like me at times, just binge watch your favorite show for 8 hours in a row.
Photo: Johan Rastenberger