The phrase "learn to walk before you run" exists for an obvious reason ... and in business we need to get good at our role before we can get faster at our role.
Whatever your job, you will likely have heard phrases like ... "Doing more with less", or "Work smarter AND faster".
Science tells us that multitasking is not efficient, in fact it is fairly self evident that very few people can work on more than one thing at a time ... and if there are more than two things, forget about it!
Hence the saying, "The hunter who chases two rabbits catches neither one".
Yes, we live in a fast paced world and the volume of demands coming our way is not getting any slower.
The thing is that at the end of the day we should be measured on what we deliver, not on how much we do.
If you churn out a ton of work, but it is largely unusable ... then nobody wins!
It would be far better to have some quality work get delivered regularly and predictably that to have great loads of work that never actually hits the mark.
Focus on what you can do well.
Deliver quality results.
Worry about getting it RIGHT first, THEN work on doing it faster.
It is OK to have several "things on the go" BUT you can only focus on one at a time.
Stay focused on your now task for as long as you need ... then focus on your next now task as long as you need.
I call this "time slicing" as opposed to multi-tasking.
It is the only way to efficiently move multiple projects along.
Quality first, Speed next!