Collaboration with Microsoft 365
Microsoft 365 includes many tools like Word, PowerPoint, and Whiteboard that allow for collaboration. Learn how to share files and work together in real time in this TLC Faculty Webinar video.
Lean 6 Sigma
Lean-minded folks often try to multi-task to increase productivity. “Maybe I’ll work on this Excel spreadsheet during this Zoom meeting and knock two things off my list at once!” Sounds super productive, right? It’s not.
Multitasking, also known as task-switching, actually kills productivity. Even simple things like checking emails during a meeting can divert your attention just enough to impair productivity. Plus, the switching back and forth is just fuel for creating errors.
With many people working from home right now, the challenges are even greater. Ever find yourself in a Zoom meeting, thinking about what you should cook for dinner while petting the dog on your lap? The struggle is real.
Instead of trying to multi-task, you can get more done by monotasking. It is just as it sounds – one task at a time. Monotasking lets you dig deeply into one task, so you give that task all your attention.
While this may be harder at home, doing things like having a designated office area and telling the kids you are “at work” and unless it is an emergency, you can't be disturbed should help. It may require more willpower than it would actually being in your office where you could shut the door and close off the world, but it can still be done.
Another tip for monotasking is to discover your peak performance time. I am a morning person and feel I am more alert then, but my husband does his best work at night. Working from home might allow you more flexibility to be able to focus in on one task when you are at your peak.
For more tips on monotasking, check out Monotasking Keeps the Brain Healthy and You More Productive from Inc.