Most people think that it is beneficial to be able to multitask; however, it is actually best if you focus on one to three things rather than multiple tasks. One way to determine what to focus your efforts on is called RUTHLESS PRIORITIZING.
Ruthless prioritizing in school (or business) starts with picking only three things to focus on now – don’t worry about the rest of it. How?
- Create a list of everything you are working on
- Ask yourself, “If I can only do three of these, what are the most important?”
- If something urgent comes up, take care of it. Once back to your list, review and re-prioritize if necessary.
One thing to keep in mind is to determine if something is a distraction or an opportunity – say “no” to anything that isn’t an opportunity.