I’ve accepted the position of CEO of Christian Women United in Business and am looking forward to helping that 100+ member group grow and expand its reach. We have nearly 500 Facebook fans and are growing our LinkedIn network. I encourage all Christian businesswomen to get to know us. Our goal is to support one another not only in business but also in faith. Regular prayer for our membership is a core value of our organization. We also offer opportunities for business training, bible studies, and participation in our referral network. We want CWUIB to be more than just another group of businesswomen, we want to create a Spirit-led organization that helps our members honor God through our lives and businesses.
Over the years, I’ve moved from dial-up, to DSL, to Cable Broadband, and have recently cut the cords and gone strictly wireless with my Sprint Mobile Broadband modem. I’ve also gone from Yahoo! Mail, to MS Outlook, to Mozilla Thunderbird, to Google Mail. And I’ve gone from Internet Explorer, to Mozilla Firefox, to Google Chrome. Lately, I’ve been moving all of my contacts to Google Contacts and am keeping my schedule in my Google Calendar. I cut the cord on my landline years ago and have had a Sprint cell phone and used a voicemail service ever since. This month I got a Google Voice account and now have a local voicemail number, so I nixed the voicemail service.
You could say that Google is my go-to service. And it works seamlessly with my Sprint service. My voicemail, contacts, calendar, and email are all accessible from my Samsung Reclaim. You might even say that I am gaga over Google.
The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing It All” Gets Nothing Done by Dave Crenshaw is an excellent book demonstrating how multitasking, or switchtasking as he calls it, actually slows us down, reduces productivity, and cheats our coworkers, friends and families.
One of the most refreshing features of this book is that it is a story about a consultant and a client who is overwhelmed with too much to do. Instead of talking about himself and how fantastic his ideas are, Crenshaw allows the reader to learn right along with the characters in the story. In addition, The Myth of Multitasking is a short book. I read it in an evening. Some worksheets are provided at the end to help those who recognize themselves as inefficient multitasking addicts to get on the right track.
Essentially, Crenshaw demonstrates how much time is lost every time we switch from one task to another. In effect, we are not really doing two or three things at once. We’re really doing one thing at a time for short periods of time with precious seconds or minutes lost every time we switch back and forth from task to task.
I already believed multitasking was a hoax, so this book simply quantified what I had already come to understand. If I’m writing, I’m writing. If I’m answering emails, I’m answering emails. If I’m on the phone, I’m on the phone. If I try to do any of those things at the same time, each task suffers. If another person is involved, then my relationship with the person suffers because I’m not fully present with them and the conversation — my mind and my attention are fragmented.
The client in the book discovers that both her employees and her family respect her more and are happier and more satisfied after she quit trying to multitask when dealing with them. No more reading trade magazine while spending time with the kids. No more answering emails while meeting with an employee.
Seems like common sense to me. Live in the present. Give your full attention to the task (or person) at hand. I highly recommend this little book!
Women Business Owners, a nonprofit networking and education group for women, just got listed on Idealist.org. Check out our listing here: http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Org/175184-132
If you are or know anyone who is a woman business owner, I encourage you to join WBO. Membership rates are affordable and the contacts, education and moral support are invaluable.