In the post Why Daydreaming is Critical to Effective Learning the first tip is “Prioritize and Manage Time.”
Rather than trying to do everything at the same time, the most productive people prioritize and block off their schedules to focus on one task at a time. “The idea is that if you become more efficient in time management, it allows for more spontaneity and creativity in the day, every day,” Levitin said.
I squirm at the words “time management” since no one can manage time. We can manage our attention though, what shall we actually do and focus on.
While researching his book, “The Organized Mind,” Levitin spent time with very successful people to try and figure out what they did differently from others that allowed them to get more done. While many of these people had a legion of employees working to organize their schedules and set priorities for them, the basic principle of focusing in on one task at a time holds true for anyone. “When they’re doing something, they’re really doing it,” Levitin said. “They get more done because their brain isn’t half somewhere else.”
The key to being productive and succesful (however you define success for you) is to focus on one task at a time.