Multitasking. It’s a controversial topic. Some people swear by it, but others hate it.
Really, this isn't very surprising. When applied poorly, multitasking can be a total nightmare. However, when it’s done properly, it can drastically improve your productivity on any given day.
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Today, I'd like to introduce a new principle to you:
Strategic Pairing: The strategic combination of complementary tasks for the purpose of effective and sustainable multitasking.
Let’s entertain a scenario: in an effort to be productive and “get more done”, you decide to implement multitasking in your day. That’s great. So, you start checking your email while on the phone at work. You also start watching TV while cooking your dinner and ride your stationary bike while working on your laptop.
Sounds great, right? Well, not really. The above scenario is doomed to fail because the tasks are paired poorly. They are not complementary because the pairs require too much energy and concentration to be sustainable.
Luckily, multitasking is not always doomed to fail. From my experience, I've found a simple technique that, when properly applied, can allow for effective multitasking.