One of the most common things that you hear with regards to productivity is that above all, you should avoid multitasking! The logic behind this is that if you try to do too many things at once, you won’t be doing any of those things very well.

My BEST multitasking tip for how to save time & get more done! This time management tip will help you continue to produce high-quality work in less time.

But since I love multitasking, I’ve naturally found a way around this 😉 So here it is, my best multitasking tip:

Combine tasks that require different kinds of brain power.

A classic example of this is something my friend Westwood and I do, now that she lives several provinces over: we have phone calls where we use speakerphone and clean our houses while catching up. It’s a lovely way to have a really great chat and get mindless housework done at the same time!

Similarly, in the past little while I’ve taken to listening to podcasts. Mr. Science recently got an awesome 9—5 job, which means that we no longer work from home together all day long. And even though we didn’t used to spend all day talking together, the house is still much quieter now that it’s just me working from home! Listening to podcasts are a great way for me to learn new things and also hear someone’s voice when it gets to be just a little too quiet (and when I get to the point where I feel like I probably shouldn’t listen to Muse on repeat for the umpteenth time ;)).

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My problem with podcasts is that I can’t do other work while I’m listening to them, because then I can’t retain any information. And I feel silly listening to a podcast and just sitting there. So instead, I wash the dishes, or take out paper bag curls, or get some dusting done while listening to podcasts.

I’ve mentioned before how much I adore walking on an inclined treadmill at GoodLife Fitness with a book—it’s something that I used to do in university, too. In fact, I did my best studying while pacing around my apartment or while using the stationary bike at the gym! I find that it actually helps me to better retain information when I’m exercising at the same time (as long as the exercise doesn’t require a huge amount of concentration to carry out, of course). Win-win.

When you can do two different tasks at the same time, and use different types of brain power to get each task completed effectively, multitasking becomes this wonderful way to save time and get more done.

What two tasks do you like to combine to save time and get more done? What is your best multitasking tip? Do you multitask effectively? Share in the comments section below!

This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.

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9 thoughts on “Best Multitasking Tip

  1. I struggle with the podcast-while-working thing, too. Can’t do it. But I’m really good at watching TV while eating.

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 9:41 am
    1. LOL! Me too 😀

      Posted on March 11, 2015 at 9:45 am
  2. These are some great tips! Podcasts are hard for me to focus on when I’m doing other things, but I have no problem having the tv on in the background!

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    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 12:58 pm
  3. I am a multitasker to the core! I agree with you- pick tasks that use different areas of the brain-

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 1:09 pm
  4. I multitask all the time! My friend once pointed out to me that a lot of our ‘dreaded’ chores really don’t take as much time as our brain thinks they do, and they can often be done while we’re waiting for other things to finish. For example, a lot of dinner dishes have to simmer for 10-30 minutes. I’m always tempted to sit down and browse FB or something, but you can unload the dishwasher, wash more dishes, or tidy up a few things. Then when dinner is done, the task of cleaning up is not as overwhelming!

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 3:59 pm
    1. Ooh great point! YES.

      Posted on March 13, 2015 at 7:30 am
  5. I can tell you what I don’t do well…that is cooking and trying to blog! I have had many a pot of boiling liquid boil over while I was typing!

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm
  6. Multi-tasking definitely has it’s place!

    Posted on January 7, 2016 at 10:21 am
  7. I am with you. The only time that I sat down to listen to a podcast was Serial. Just today in my journal I wrote “Listening to podcasts is my church…” I listen while cleaning house every day.

    Posted on January 28, 2016 at 12:59 pm