How To Be a Great Single Tasker


As an entrepreneur, you are a very busy person, dealing with all of the day to day tasks that naturally come along with running a business.  In the world of owning a SignWorld business this statement holds the same truth.  One of the common mistakes made by those in the business world today is the thought that to be more productive, you must take on multiple tasks at the same time.  Many of these people even take great pride in being an efficient multi-tasker.

Let’s stop right there and think about this.  If you are taking on more than one thing, will each individual task receive your absolute best?  And is juggling your responsibilities really going to take care of them faster?

The truth is, you must stop the habit of multi-tasking, and focus on becoming a great single-tasker instead.  Studies have found that multi-tasking can actually increase the amount of time it takes to complete tasks by up to 25%.

As a SignWorld business owner, it may be time to change your ways and look at useful methods to utilize so that you can become an efficient single-tasker.

The following are some practices to abide by:

  1. Take on the hard stuff first

Unfortunately, there are some tasks that are necessary evils, ones that you try to avoid for as long as possible.  This is a bad habit that needs to be broken.  Get these tasks out of the way first.  That way, you are worry free and able to focus solely on the other – more enjoyable – tasks on hand.

  1. Do not put things off

A wise man once said “Don’t put off tomorrow, what you can do today”.  Sometimes you will find yourself faced with an unexpected email, telephone message, etc. and you tell yourself it can be dealt with later.  It is right in front of you now, so why put it off until later?  In the end, this will just result in a decrease of future productivity.

  1. Learn to say no

As a SignWorld business owner, you need to learn to say no at times.  Committing to too much will lead you to become burnt out and can affect performance on challenges you already have.  As much as you would like to take on everything that comes your way, sometimes you can’t.

  1. Learn what is important and what is not

In business, you will encounter matters that are supposedly urgent, but seem unnecessary.  These can eat away at your time.  It is important to learn to get a grip on what is irrelevant and what is not.  If it seems to irrelevant, throw it in the trash, if not give it to a trusted team member to take care of.

  1. Single-tasking is the way to go!

You need to drill this into your head – multi-tasking is the killer of productivity!  The key is to stick by these practices and learn to become a great single-tasker.

By doing so, you will be in the right direction of productivity, which is one of the key components of success in owning and operating a SignWorld business.

About Signworld

Signworld is a national organization with more than 240 independently owned sign companies, which provide commercial custom signage and graphics. It’s personable, creative, rewarding and ideal for people-oriented individuals who have the desire to learn how to manage a sales and production business. Signworld has been a part of the industry’s profit and fun since 1988. With over 27 years in the business, Signworld has established itself as the leader in the no-royalties and no-rules sign business concept. The ongoing support and training along with state-of-the-art equipment helps leave the competition behind. For more details visit –


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