How many applications are open on your desk? No cheating – don’t close any.
I have ten open right now. Why? It seems like we feel the overwhelming need to be able to effortlessly switch tasks among applications or we’re not efficient. Admittedly, it does take some time to open a program, but why don’t we close them?
The truth is that we, as office managers, know that at any moment, while answering the phone and simultaneously entering payables, someone might walk in our office wanting a map, and we’ll need that browser ready for action.
Office Manager Tip: Multi-tasking is a necessity but the efficiency of it is an urban legend.
— Riggins Construction (@RigginsConst) June 15, 2011
And the truth is, that most of the people we support are also multi-tasking; this is especially true in construction where the project manager may be estimating three jobs while managing two ongoing projects. Continue reading