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I like averagejoe's ideas, but I will add one that helps me.  I work on a grill line, so speed is of the utmost importance, and I find that avoiding wasted motion helps eliminate a few minutes from each task.  For example: when a ticket comes in and something needs to go in the fryer, I'll take an extra second to read the ticket through and tick off all of the things that need to go in the fryer, so that I don't have to backtrack, I can move on to what needs to go on the grill.  If there is a way to incorporate that into your job, I guarantee it will help you. 

posted by calia14 on July 24, 2009 at 11:41 PM | link to this | reply

Taking breaks when possible/allowed could help.

posted by FormerStudentIntern on July 21, 2009 at 3:21 PM | link to this | reply

In many ways I can relate because I am not a good multi-tasker either. I am labeled by my peers and superiors as a "calming influence" on those around me so hopefully I can help. Some things that work for me:

  1. focus on the positive - yes, I know it's easier said than done. However, when you focus on the negative, more of it seems to show up. It works the same for the positive.
  2. Time out - Sometimes just taking 5-10 minutes to just STOP! Relax, clear the head. Think of something pleasant and dwell on it for a minute or two. It may seem like a waste of time, but I guarantee it can positively impact the rest of your day.
  3. 15 minute chunks - I wrote about this on my blog recently. Focus on accomplishing what you can in 15 minute increments. It seems like it can cause more stress, but for me it has the opposite effect.

I can write more but I don't want to come across as a "know it all". These are some things that work for me. Please let me know how it goes. And keep smiling

posted by averagejoe on July 20, 2009 at 7:58 PM | link to this | reply

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