Mono-focus vs. Multitasking.

multitaskingIt seems like every week there’s a new tool or method that is supposed to make you fantastically more productive and ease all of your problems. It’s very old news that we all have a million things to do and little time to get everything done, particularly in the magician-trick-plate-spinning world of voice over. We have to do so many things, in addition to other jobs and our family and friend lives.

Two common methods of dealing with things are multitasking-trying to do more than one thing at the same time-or focusing on one thing until it’s done and then moving onto the next. Multitasking is a word that has gotten thrown around a lot. And recent research shows that we’re not as good at it as we think we are. Other articles I’ve read said that it can even waste our time instead! Mono-focusing on tasks that we need to complete has now become ‘the thing’ and there’s lots of information on how it’s better for our brains in many ways.

But focusing on one thing at a time, and ignoring everything else can be very difficult in the modern world, and particularly difficult in the life of a freelancer. There is just so much to pay attention to every day that it’s hard to get everything done-and particularly when your schedule can change on very short notice. (Getting a new audition notice, a fast turn around project, so on.)

This is where I urge you to reach outside yourself for help. Whether it’s hiring an editor or a proofer, training one of your kids to post on Twitter for you, or asking your wife to give you feedback on your audition, handing any number of your tasks off to someone else can really help you lower your own stress level, get more done, and have a greater amount of energy left at the end of the day for the things fun things in life. 🙂

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  1. […] To achieve the goals that I have deemed a priority, I have to find time to focus on them. Within that time, distraction is the enemy. I can confidently say that we have more distractions than ever. The key to success that I read time and time again: be without distractions in order to do the “deep work”, that work that requires focus, thought, creativity and cannot be done while multi-tasking. Voice-over Virtual Assistant, Karen Souer, has also blogged on this idea. […]

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