Why multitasking doesn’t work

For any #tradie wanting to survive the inherit conflicting priorities that come with business ownership, multitasking is the answer. Wrong. In fact, the idea of multitasking sounds like a recipe for disaster. You get more done in less time, However, a split focus only increases the chances of:

  • Errors (potentially costly!)
  • Forgotten tasks or steps in tasks
  • General forgetfulness – “Hmmm, I think I did it … ”

Multitasking doesn’t work. So, what’s your solution? If you can’t multitask, how else can you manage your priorities? Here are some tips:

Permanently schedule non-negotiables

First and foremost, look at a calendar of your week and shade out areas for the non-negotiables. These are the repetitive tasks that must be done every day/week/fortnight (for example, employee wages). These are priorities so they need a designated time.


If you seriously don’t have enough time to get everything done, perhaps it’s time to look at relieving yourself of some of your tasks.

Plan for interruptions

This may sound counter-intuitive. However, it actually allows for a more realistic idea of how your day will pan out. The average worker loses approximately two hours per day due to interruptions, whether that be grabbing a cup of water or going to the loo. It all adds up. Plan to achieve six hours of work in an eight-hour work day. This way, you’ll be able to prioritise six hours worth of work.

Don’t let your inbox rule you

Let’s say you get 30 emails a day. Each time one comes in you check it and spend five minutes reading and replying to them. That’s five minutes worth of distraction, 30 times a day! Set times throughout the day, perhaps 11am and 3pm, and only read and reply to emails at these times. Email distractions gone!

Interested in learning more productivity hacks?

What’s next?

  1. Join our Kick-Ass Tradies Facebook Group, for access to trade business specific conversations, tips and resources, plus a like-minded community of tradies.
  2. Book a 15-minute Game Plan Call with Andy, owner of Dr. DRiP plumbing and co-founder of Lifestyle Tradie, to clarify your priorities and get clear action steps.