Are you good at multitasking? Really good?
According to an article a friend sent to me - you are doing more harm than good. In fact, it is really taking you 50% longer to accomplish tasks and you can be open to making 50% more mistakes. Was that your intention?
I have read that only computers are designed for multitasking.
Even when you are walking and talking (just 2 things) - you will pause when you approach a pothole or disturbance in the sidewalk (a 3rd thing) because your brain naturally focuses on tasks sequentially - one at a time!
Multitasking drains both mental and physical energy. Just because you expend energy, does not mean you are productive -- it is only an illusion.
Another illusion is you are saving time. Every time you switch your attention, your brain goes through a sequence of activities to refocus and adjust to the new task. You lose previous 'progress' and then you need to start over. Was that your intention?
Slow down, organize, prioritize - do tasks completely, and correctly - one at a time. Set aside the appropriate time to do the task. Schedule time pockets to check email/voice mail - not at every receipt of a message.
Take "brain breaks" - stand, stretch, take deep breathes, eat some fruit, play a few minutes of online games, such as "Bejeweled". Use discipline - do 5 (1) minute plays and then go on to the next task. Drink a glass of water.
Remember, time management is your use of discipline to accomplish your goals. You can have fun along the way. Life is too short - not to!