I write the blogs for WebEx and I help with social media. I like it but sometimes I feel like I am herding cats.
One minute I am trying to write and the next minute I am checking on Facebook traffic and responding to tweets. It can be exhausting and crazy and as a result, I am always looking for ways to work smarter.
Turns out I have to stop multitasking.
In this great article from Inc. magazine, author Ilya Pozin succinctly maps out the Seven Things Highly Productive People Do. Here's my favorite part:
Stop multi-tasking. No, seriously—stop. Switching from task to task quickly does not work. In fact, changing tasks more than 10 times in a day makes you dumber than being stoned. When you’re stoned, your IQ drops by five points. When you multitask, it drops by an average of 10 points, 15 for men, five for women (yes, men are three times as bad at multitasking than women).
I think it's really easy to get sucked in to thinking you need to respond immediately to emails or comments on social media. But that's not realistic if you really want to get the work done. And about now you're wondering what does this have to do with WebEx?
Using WebEx helps me stay focused.
I now find it's my meeting tool of choice because I have to turn everything off and focus on what I am doing. The minute I commit to sharing my desktop, to avoid embarrassment I have to turn off my email, my Facebook and anything else that might distract me during the meeting - because everyone on the other end will see what I am doing.
Think about how many meetings you sit in and find yourself messing around on your computer or phone. Are you really paying attention? Are you putting in your best effort? Try hosting a WebEx, I think you'll like it (you can also get the free mobile app).