Effective Multitasking for Both Startup Founders and Employees

We often heard that multitasking is no good for productivity. But hey, we have to do multitasking! It’s practically the way startup works. Startup employees need to wear multiple hats, and don’t ask about how busy and time-consuming startup founders could be.

Both startup founders and employees need to sharpen their multitasking skills. Well, most startup founders think they are already pretty good at it (even though they might be deceived). They are able to do different things at the same time, and still enjoy it! But, how about the employees?

Startup employees who multitask are resourceful, since most startups financially aren’t able to fill all of the positions they need. They expect to do significant savings by combining two staff positions into one. That way, the cost of benefits can drop significantly, thanks to a single employee with multitasking capabilities.

Here are some tips to do effective multitasking which could be spread at your startup:


1. Try to work on related tasks at a time

As much as you want to multitask, please divide the tasks into a few groups. You can try to finish the tasks based on the group which contains several related tasks. Why do you have to do this?

Well, your brain activates all the circuits and neurons that are related to a task. If you switch it to a new, different task, your brain has to adjust. Doing this too often takes a toll on your focus and productivity. Don’t make your brain keep changing the state!

Minimise the switching by bundling related tasks together. The more similar it is, the better. It will make your brain easier to finish them all.


2. Make a visible to-do list

Yes, you are so busy that you don’t even have a time to make a to-do list. However, you must have countless tasks with different urgencies. Of course, you don’t want to miss a single task, especially the long term projects that you usually forgot.

To keep up the good work, why don’t you just make a to-do list to remind yourself constantly? It will only takes a short time to make one. You can rank it by priority, or the tasks which need to be finished soon. Here’s a tip: only have three priorities at once.

Be creative, you can bold the most important tasks. Catchy and attractive to-do list will make you want to see it more often. Lastly, put or hang the to-do list on a place where it can draw your attention. Choose a prominent spot, so that you remember its existence.


3. Challenge your memory

Believe it or not, multitasking most likely gets in the way of your memory. Often, when you try to recall something, you feel blank (or you just can’t picture anything). This won’t make your work go smooth. Imagine you can’t tell important data to a client, or any other bad moment can happen.

Challenge your memory, particularly during the spare time. Take time to review a data in your mind. If you feel clueless, read again and explain it back to yourself. This good habit will make sure that you are a brilliant professional, even though you have so much on your plate.


Are you ready to take your game to the next level? As Bruce Lee once said, “Don’t pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one!”. Be a stronger person!


Next read: Tools to Boost The Productivity at Your Startup

Article contributed by Startup Jobs Asia‘s Team.

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