Get Focused and Stop Multi-Tasking!

Real Estate Agent with California Lifestyle Realty DRE# 1780607



Do you pride yourself on your MULTI-TASKING skills?  Are you the consumate plate-spinner... deal juggler with many balls in the air at the same time?  You may be undermining your productivity by jumping from task-to-task!

A recent study from the University of Michigan shows that multi-tasking really reduces productivity by 20% to 40%!  By constantly asking your brain to re-focus and rebound you are actually ricocheting between the 2 or 3 or 4 projects you have going!

It turns out the secret to getting more done... is to focus on the task at hand.  Get it done-- then move on.

Here are several ways to keep yourself focused and really boost your productivity:

  • Wait on checking Facebook until you have read all your e-mails...  and answered them. 
  • Don't click on links that will take you away from the task you are working on.
  • Take a break from your task-- then come back and focus.
  • Make lists of what you want to accomplish. If you think of another obligation, write it down and refocus!
  • Set a time-limit, and (if you need to... use a timer--there's one on your phone) get your task finished within the time you have set.          

So stop multi-tasking and start getting more things done!


Inspired by USA Today post by Laura Hoxworth

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Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

California Lifestyle Realty  California Lifestyle Realty                                               




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Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ


I know that we all can get caught up with too many things on our plate, especialy with social media to keep our attention (addiction?) 

It is important to shut that stuff down some times and just WORK!

Aug 31, 2010 04:28 AM #1
Bryan Watkins
LRA Real Estate Group - Mesa, AZ

Kathi, I think people can only focus well on 2 or 3 things at one time. I see many of us trying to do too many. good post.

Aug 31, 2010 04:28 AM #2
Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

Kathy, you are right that a person needs to prioritize their work day.  One agent asked me a long while back, why don't you come into the office every day?  I replied, I have work to do, and don't have the time to socialize all day long.  We were the producers, and he sold one home that year.

Aug 31, 2010 04:30 AM #3
Bob Willis
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Orange, CA
Orange County & L.A. County Real Estate Agent

I usually eat breakfast, drink coffee and read AR blogs at the same time.  I am eating and drinking coffee right now!

Sometimes I will listen to a training audio while I am stuffing, addressing and stamping envelopes.

Some tasks lend themselves well to multi-tasking, but most do not.

Aug 31, 2010 04:44 AM #4
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

saw your post on twitter and clicked on your link (broke rule #2) came over to check it out - oh snap, now what was I supposed to be working on again? ;) yes - agreed let's stay focused (or try to!) - thanks for sharing

Aug 31, 2010 04:52 AM #6
Carra & Shae Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Kathy......My husband has been telling me this for years - now you tell me he's right!  Darn!

Aug 31, 2010 05:50 AM #7
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

Hi Kathy, It's so easy to get distracted these days.  Too many temptations.  I will remember your suggestions.

Aug 31, 2010 09:12 AM #8
Tina D Saporito, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005
Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs. - Palm Desert, CA
Call (760)799-8460.

This is totally me. You should see me when I'm at home trying to clean. I start on something and then see something else that needs to be done and before you know it I'm off on another project.

Aug 31, 2010 11:57 AM #9
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Kathy this is something I teach all the time. I see so many agents - do this, do that, go there, and wonder why nothing gets done in a timely manner. Focus on the project on hand and it will get done quicker, smarter and better!

Aug 31, 2010 12:48 PM #10
Cal Yoder
Keller Williams Elite - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744
Thanks for this timely and great reminder. It only took me 7 minutes to write this response between checking email, looking at facebook and watching the baseball game. I will try to get better focused. Cal
Aug 31, 2010 04:01 PM #11
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

Those are some hard habits to break and I have been doing better at not going away from one thing to do another, but I know I still have a long way to go until I'm fully not multitasking. I'm still going to write my posts while driving with voice recognition software, you aren't going to break me of that one.

Aug 31, 2010 06:08 PM #12
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Wow... I knew we all were guilty... but I had no idea!  Seems like many are thriving while multi-tasking, ( I'm texting, e-mailing, facebooking, roostering,blogging, commenting and watching a movie right now)   maybe that info is just bogus!  :--)  Kathy

Aug 31, 2010 06:14 PM #13
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