One of the reasons we might underestimate the effect of these distractions is because we all like to feel we are “good multitaskers”. We can switch gears and jump from email to phone to work back to email quickly and with minimal loss in focus and concentration - but is that true?
Well Business Insider has an interesting article suggesting that not only are most people poor multitaskers, but the ones who think they’re good tend to be the worst! Still not convinced you’re a poor multitasker? Well there’s actually a “gatekeeper test” you can take to see how your multitasking skills stack up. Be warned though, it’s really really hard!
If you’re like us and you regularly request files from clients, I’m sure you are familiar with the call asking “did you get those docs I sent you?” or “do you have everything you need from me?” While perfectly understandable, every time a client calls to confirm something they should realistically already know the answer to, it’s a distraction. As the articles above make pretty clear, the effects of these distractions last longer than the duration of the call. A single follow-up call from your clients regarding a missing doc could account for twenty five minutes of wasted time as you attempt to regain focus! Crazy right?
So do yourself a favor and sign up for Procuments so you can become less distracted and more productive right away!