Daily Tip: Embrace the Chunk

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For years, people advocated the benefits of multitasking. Spending time on just one task is too inefficient, they argued. Instead, do your best to do two, or three, or four things at once. You’ll get more done that way!

But a series of studies have shown that multitasking is just a really good way of making your day more inefficient. Pile on the overlapping tasks, and it becomes harder to concentrate, memorize, and manage.

What’s the solution? Devote discrete blocks of time to single tasks, a process that some people refer to as “chunking.” The size of the block is dependent on how long you think it would reasonably take to complete said task. Don’t multitask or switch activities during that block. You may find you’re more productive than if you tried to do many things simultaneously.

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