Multitasking: Are you cheating your clients? 3 harms (and a systemic cure)

Posted on 04-30-2015 by
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Many of us may have been told that multitasking was a desirable skill. It can be useful, but it can also be harmful, according to Agile Attorney.

3 Harms of Multitasking

1.  Time Management

Research has shown that people who multitask have worse time management skills than those who do not. The brain takes usually about 25 minutes to fully switch over attention from one task to another, causing delays in completing any task.

 

2. Mindset

This more specifically deals with the mental state a person must achieve in order to make a particular type of decision. When completing a task your mind puts closure on it and allows you to be put in right mindset for the next task. When you are switching between tasks with two different mindsets, your mind will get confused which mindset to apply to what task.

 

3. Self-Control

Juggling mindsets without completing tasks has the longer-term effect of diminishing self –control.

So how can a lawyer avoid the trap of multitasking with all of the demands they have? Just build a Kanban board. Here are 3 reasons why it helps:

  1. It will give you a visual form to your invisible knowledge work and will change the way your brain perceives the work itself. You will have a tangible idea of the amount of work that is on your plate.

  2.  You will make better decisions regarding the priority of tasks as a result of seeing your workload physically. Use keys to identify your most important tasks and set yourself in the right mindset.

  3.  It encourages you to establish and embrace Work In Progress limits that encourage you to finish work on one task before moving on to the next.

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