Task switching and optimising productivity in the workplace

What is it?

The reality of our open-office, push notification world, makes focusing on one single task easier said than done. When we tackle multiple tasks, our brain might  give us the illusion of multi-tasking, but more often than not we are merely task switching.  This is where we switch between tasks performed in same time frame, rather than doing tasks at exactly the same time. Unless managed effectively, task switching can be detrimental to productivity. In this course, attendees will learn how to manage task switching effectively and will also be introduce to other methods and approaches to improve personal productivity.

Target audience

This highly practical half day course is suitable for anyone working in busy, fast-paced working environments, seeking to achieve or maintain peak performance. The course assumes that you have already attended the time management course as a prerequisite. It is particularly useful if teams can attend together to benefit from discussing how to optimise performance in their office.

Course objectives

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe what Task Switching is and its relationship with reduced productivity when managed poorly
  • Describe some of the latest thinking in neuroscience supporting optimised executive function
  • Apply Pomodoro methodology to help manage our tasks more intelligently
  • Apply simple interpersonal and physical techniques to manage task switching
  • Consider the use of dashboards to measure success.

Course length

Half-day course.

Programme dates

Please note that you should have already attended or have a place on the time management course before booking this course.

Event name Date Time Location Description
Task switching 05/12/2019 13:30 - 16:30 Gowar and Wedderburn Common Room Fully booked. To join the waiting list, please contact Organisational Development. Register