Great article discussing how multitasking does and does not work in our heads. Highly recommended reading:
- Why we multitask: It makes us feel good
- When we think we’re multitasking, we really aren’t. We’re just making our brains swap goals a lot
- Developing a habit of single tasking is possible, but requires discipline.
- Limit your distractions. (The OP talks about limiting the browser to one tab only.)
- Plan your day.
- Have a work space that makes it comfortable to focus on the task at hand.
- It’s okay to listen to music while you work.
Somehow, this is pretty much how I’ve felt about work most of my life. I’ve been extremely lucky and privileged to have had jobs that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed (not that there weren’t parts about them I didn’t like doing…). Advise I got early on was to be willing to be fired for doing the right thing; while on the face of it that might seem terrible advice, what it was really saying was it’s okay to take risks, necessary even, for the good of the company, even if the company doesn’t realize it at the time.