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Dave Crenshaw has managed to stretch a clear, simple concept into an entire book, but it is a useful, helpful concept. Crenshaw debunks the myth that multitasking can be effective and advocates focusing on one task at a time instead. He teaches this lesson by telling the story of a gifted business coach, Phil, and his stressed-out client, Helen. He uses the format of a business novel to demonstrate that multitasking is not an efficient way to get things done. Every time a person changes from one task to another, which Crenshaw calls “switchtasking,” he or she loses time and focus. The remedy, the author explains, is to cut down on interruptions, manage how you allocate your time and concentrate on a single task at a time. This is not exactly a groundbreaking theory in time management, but it is certainly a helpful reminder. getAbstract suggests this book to managers who must help employees handle their time and to people who need guidance to quit multitasking so they can actually get things done.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the idea that multitasking works is misleading;
  • How to deal with constant, active or passive interruptions at work; and
  • How to use your time productively without “switchtasking.”

About the Author

Dave Crenshaw has coached business executives for the past decade. A frequent keynote speaker, he founded the Fresh Juice Strategy program.



Why Multitasking Is a Myth
Phil, a business and time management coach, arrived punctually for his meeting with Helen, the owner of GreenGarb, a successful, environmentally friendly clothing chain. Helen had asked for Phil’s help because her job was devouring all of her time and energy, ...

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