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The Myth of Multitasking
If you google ‘the myth of multitasking,’ you will find page after page of articles disproving the concept of multitasking. Of course, we are capable of doing two or more things at once but are we really doing anything well? When we multitask, we are doing multiple things at a reduced level. Each additional task waters down the others.
In an architecture office, you may be listening to the Serial Podcast in your headphones while you are working out an important roof detail in Revit. It sounds like a blast except that the roof detail will take you longer to complete and you will miss key parts of the podcast because you are distracted by that dang detail. Neither task enhances the other.
To become a more focused and productive architect you must become task oriented. The key to being task oriented is to focus on one task at a time. Just one! It seems so simple yet we all struggle with it. In fact it is my biggest challenge.
The Modern Workplace
The modern workplace is full of distractions: the open office layout, computers, cellphones, the office puppy and that damn sneezing guy! These are things that have enhanced the way we work but they also have side-effects: they distract us.
I have tried many different tricks for becoming more focused and task-oriented. Of everything that I have tried, I have found two simple tricks that have the largest impact: Batching Email and Taking Breaks.
To read more, check out: Email Batching and Architects Need Breaks
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Hello, my name is Steve Ramos. This site is about what it's like to be a young architect in Charleston, South Carolina. In 10 years, I will write about what it is like to be a middle-age architect.
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