So you think you can multi-task?

Before you say yes, check out the video.


Seriously, you have probably noticed that multi-tasking seems routine to some, yet very difficult to others.

You may or may not be able to change the way you are, but here some ideas that will let you increase your productivity when you are a member of a team.

Rule #1 – do what you do well, let others do what you are not good at (i.e. don’t try to be your own plumber is a variation of this rule many of us have learned to follow).

Rule #2 – when you have a task to perform, take a bit of time to consider a few options before starting to work on the task. (I.e. look before you leap).

Rule #3 – avoid elegant solutions to the wrong problem. (I.e. is the problem really a problem?, if it is a problem, does it need a solution or is it possible the problem may go away on its own?, is your proposed approach to the problem likely to yield a solution?)

Rule #4 – remember the effect of “S” curves – when you have to suspend work on a task, you incur time unwinding from the task and when you come back to the task there is a “learning curve” that you typically have to go through.

Rule #5 – when you finish a task, communicate this to other members of your team – everything we do involves the creation of outputs from inputs (i.e. your output becomes someone else’s input and if you don’t communicate they won’t be able to do good job planning their contribution).



Management consultant and process control engineer (MSc EE) with a focus on bridging the gap between operations and strategy in the areas of critical infrastructure protection, connect-the-dots law enforcement investigations, healthcare services delivery, job shop manufacturing and b2b/b2c/b2d transactions. (C) 2010-2018 Karl Walter Keirstead, P. Eng. All rights reserved. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and are not connected with Jay-Kell Technologies Inc, Civerex Systems Inc. (Canada), Civerex Systems Inc. (USA) or CvX Productions.
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