Here Is the Simple Secret Of Jeff Bezos’ Massive Success
“When I have dinner with friends or family, I like to be doing whatever I’m doing, I don’t like to multi-task. If I’m reading my email I want to be reading my email.”- Jeff Bezos
On January 9, 2018, Jeff Bezos became the world’s richest man with over a $105 Billion net worth.
He has been married for over 24 years…
He is the father of 4 children…
He is an investor…
He is a philanthropist…
And he is the founder of Amazon.com…
By all accounts, Jeff Bezos is a success.
What is the secret to his success?
You would think that the secret to his success was his ability to constantly juggle multiple tasks, and to successfully accomplish everything that on his plate.
But, you would be wrong.
His Success Secret“You can do two things at once, but you can’t focus effectively on two things at once.” - Gary Keller
The secret to his success is his laser-like focus on one thing at a time.
He was extremely focused even as a child.
In fact, the only way that his school teachers could get him to switch from one task to another, was to physically move his chair to a new location.
“Rather than going back and forth from one task to the next, I multitask serially.”
- Jeff Bezos
The Key to his success is to avoid multitasking and to focus on one task until it is completed.
You may be thinking, “That’s fine for him, but I have to multitask to get everything done.”
If that is you, let me show you some of the research on multitasking.
The Multitasking Myth
We all think that we are good at doing multiple things at the same time.
We can read and listen to music…
Text while in a meeting…
Talk on the phone while driving…
But, is it really working for us?
Neuroscience says that it is not.
Research tells us that your brain can’t do two things at the same time.
It actually switches back and forth between tasks quickly.
Each time you switch from one task to another your brain goes through a stop/start process.
This actually costs you time, rather than saving you time, making you LESS EFFICIENT.
It also causes you to make more errors and zaps your energy.
Multitasking is not working for you.
Even if YOU think that it is.
What Can You Do Instead“Network tools [like social media, email, the Internet] are distracting us from work that requires unbroken concentration, while simultaneously degrading our capacity to remain focused.” - Cal Newport
There has been extensive research conducted on multitasking, and it is pretty clear that multitasking doesn’t work!
So, the next time you are tempted to multitask, you need to stop!“Instead of multitasking, spend uninterrupted and intensely focused periods of time on one or two projects.”Anthony Moore
Instead of multitasking, focus intently on the most important task that you need to accomplish.
Only move onto the next most important task when you have completed the first one.
This intense focus on one task at a time will actually save you time.
How much time can you save?
Anthony Moore says,
“Many of the most successful people in the world finish the entire day’s work in 3–5 hours, because they channel intense focus into their most important tasks.”
Some research indicates that you can save as much as 40% of your time by focusing on one task at a time.
Their ability to focus on your most important tasks will save you time and increases your productivity.
We live in a high-tech, high-speed, multitasking world.
No matter where you are in life, you are juggling more than one ball at a time.
Unfortunately, doing more than one task at a time is not effective or efficient.
So, do yourself a favor.
Take a page out of Jeff Bezos’ book and focus on one thing at a time.
Stop multitasking now!
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This post was originally published on Medium.com.