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Early in my career I had an awful habit of trying to do many, many things at once: More often than not this eventually lead to me stretching myself too thin 1. Starting out I felt like a failure if I wasn’t juggling a lot of balls in their air. It took learning the hard way that over-promising and under-delivering is about the worst thing you can do professionally before I began to narrow my focus.to be effective at everything I was working on. 1

…The below infographic from OnlineCollege at least shows me that I’m not alone – it turns out that most people can’t multitask very well: Give it a read to find out why (if you’re like I was) in your zeal to get a lot done you may be doing yourself (and your stakeholders) an enormous disservice:

The Perils of Multitasking 11 14 2013

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Best,

Rory

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