Series on Time Management: Make a list and simplify

Single tasking is the new buzzword – can it really work in a frenetic paced world where multiple things demand attention all the time…


There’s probably not a job description in the universe that doesn’t call for multitasking. And yet, the trend that is taking hold in many quarters is single-tasking.

Instead of trying to be all things to all people, successful executives are streamlining their work and seeking Zen-like focus. Another trick is to prioritize what is important, focus on that and do the next most important thing.

Take, for example, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault and Nissan. He has streamlined the way meetings are administered, allocating a maximum of one hour and 30 minutes for single-topic meetings.