Thursday, December 23, 2010

You Can't Multitask, So Stop Trying

Given the nature of their jobs, most in-house counsel tend toward multi-tasking.  But it is not a particularly effective way to work, and few of us are good at it.  Because technology makes it impossible to avoid multi-tasking altogether, Paul Atchley recommends tht we take steps to minimize this bad habit, including:
  • Make an effort (to do tasks one at a time).
  • Know when to close your door (literally close your door to minimize interruptions).
  • Admit that not all information is useful (e.g., set aside specific time for reading non-crutial emails).
Read Paul's Harvard Business Review blog post at : You Can't Multitask, So Stop Trying

Perry Cone practices insurance, compliance and government law, and consults for in-house counsel, from the Tallahassee office of GrayRobinson. He writes from his perspective as a former general counsel, legal executive, and leader in the Florida insurance industry. Visit Perry's blog at

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