If the title seems incongruous, it’s designed to be. Consider, many of us either love or despise designing spreadsheets. Cells, columns, rows, formulas. Sounds like an exciting task for someone who might need to get out more. Now most of us are familiar with the functional and timesaving benefits of spreadsheets in compiling, calculating and analyzing data. But there’s a considerably greater benefit that accrues to the designer that isn’t so obvious.
When engrossed in the act of designing a spreadsheet, or for that matter involved in something that’s creative, captivating, exciting or stimulating… distractions evaporate. Not because they’ve actually gone away, but because our brain becomes so engaged with the task at hand that those distractions (buzzing, chiming, and other interruptions in your workflow) slip so far into the background that they can be ignored easily either by choice or accidentally.
All this leading to the concept that single-tasking… that’s right, doing one thing at a time, is actually more effective use of your time than multi-tasking (which BTW isn’t happening even if you think it is). Have a peek at this brief video to better understand how task-switching (what’s really happening when you think you’re multi-tasking) is your enemy and what to do about it.
Please enjoy the video and if you’d like to explore how unconventional common sense like this can help you or your business make better decisions with your time, reach audacious goals, and become more empowered and energized toward an awesome outcome, please reach out to me.