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How to Develop Multitasking Skills?

Deeksha   |  02-Jan-2019

By Deeksha

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Multitasking refers to a human’s ability to perform multiple tasks at the same time. Often, children multitask without even realising; studying for exams or working on projects. Effective multitasking is an exercise in brain and utilisation of the neural channels within. However, to successfully multitask, children need to balance tasks, avoid interruptions and concentrate on personal procrastination. Contrary to what many believe, multitasking is not just accomplishing two or multiple things at the same time but attempting to accomplish several things at once. This is accomplished by mentally going back and forth between two or more tasks so rapidly that it appears children are doing them simultaneously. Here are few techniques to multitask more efficiently:

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  1.  Make a to-do list

Every day before children walk away from college, they should make a list of to-dos. This will help them visualise and prioritise the day clearly. Children will be fully aware of how their day will go. This will help them make sure that they are addressing the more important tasks first on their own and help them group similar tasks together. Preparing a to-do list takes just a minute and saves more time. Moreover, it will help be more productive, organised and efficient. An additional benefit of consolidating all the tasks in one place is that it helps to do more than one activity at the same time.


  1. Prioritise tasks

Children should have a clear understanding on which task is vital so that they can focus attention towards accomplishing it. This way, children are less likely to make errors where the more important task is concerned. Another way to use is to do a prioritised list to ensure that top-priority list is handled rather than diverting attention between two things at once. For E.g.If completing physics assignment is #1, they should ensure that they are not doing another task. Every day, they should go through their list of priorities and see how they can improve their ability to focus on the more important tasks.


  1. Categorise your tasks

Children must try and categorise their tasks for best results. Grouping similar tasks which can be completed together would be a good start. Checking social media networks such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter should be given a set time. They must learn to categorise their tasks thereby helping them manage their time better. To make this process easy, children can follow the priority quadrant method in which they prioritise their tasks based on the urgency and importance of each task.


  1. Keep away from distractions

Having distractions, in general, ceases children from focusing on what they are doing. Multi-tasking requires extra focus and concentration, demanding a no distraction environment and mindset. Children need to be proactive and get rid of any distractions that may come their way to multitask. Taking small initiatives such as turning off the internet on their phone, putting their phone on silent, setting a schedule to meet friends etc, can be beneficial in multitasking. Categorising or scheduling their day plays a vital role here. In times, children can isolate themselves to minimise distractions and focus on the tasks at hand.

There are many things children can do in conjunction with each other. Various tasks can be done at the same time seamlessly when the activities are familiar and they become habits.

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