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Multitasking made easy

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You marvel at how some folks can do three things at once without skipping a beat. Their secret? They combine discipline and desire.

You can, too. Here’s how:

Discipline. When you’re immersed in an activity you enjoy, discipline matters less because you motivate yourself effortlessly. But if you must simultaneously complete a series of annoying tasks, you may look desperately for any escape. That’s when you’d better bear down.

Maintain discipline by postponing rewards (such as taking breaks or unwrapping a candy bar) until you attain preset goals. Keep a pen and pad handy to jot reminders about one task while you’re doing another. Prevent distractions by settling in a quiet room with all the resources and supplies you’ll need, and shoo away interrupters.

Desire. If you’re apathetic about your work, you’ll find it harder to concentrate. Before you leave for work to face the frenzy once more, ask yourself why you’re doing this. Why does it matter to you?

By plumbing the depths of your motivation, you can unearth the level of desire you bring to your work. Hopefully, this exercise will remind you how much you believe in your employer’s mission or how much satisfaction you derive from accomplishing so much at once. This may not make multitasking any easier, but it’ll arouse more positive energy.

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